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An interesting feature in Zoroastrianism is the belief that hell is impermanent and for correction instead of eternal torment it is rehabilitation. The soul may be given another chance.
originally posted by: SargonThrall
The masons were heavily influenced by Zoroastrianism, though they falsely attribute some of the teachings to Egypt.
The Persians were originally less monotheistic with their notions and had a distinct separation of deities. Over time they developed more abstract archetypal concepts where the world was seen as dualistic and human beings an expression therein. The nature of god transformed into the nature of man.
Whether Ahura Mazda vs Ahriman/Angra Mainyu is to be taken as a literal deity war or a psychological dichotomy is still debatable. Religion is highly interpretable.
Text Why do you focus on irrelevant topics anyway the point of this discussion is that there is no devil. Satan is made up and the concept of the Christian Satan is based off of the Zoroastrian Ahriman. The Old Testament Ha Satan is a subservient being bound by the decrees of Yahweh. The New Testament mentions Satan about twice as much as the old which is about 3 times larger if not 4. No explanation is offered how this change occurred and Satan became an enemy of God.
Enoch wasn't written until 200 BC and makes no mention of Satan. Azazel, Semjaza, but no Satan.
originally posted by: CapstonePendulum
originally posted by: Sahabi
a reply to: CapstonePendulum
Some of the esoteric interpretations of Judaism and Christianity teach that "Satan" is an archetype of the psyche and of nature. I agree with this inner view, rather than the dogmatized outer scapegoat.
We are responsible for the quality of our own thoughts, emotions, words, and actions. Any blame other than this is a failure in introspection, responsibility, and accountability.
Agreed. The esoteric side of Christianity is the more spiritual and philosophical. The literal is for the majority just as Jesus said. That is a hint to search for deeper meanings previously only discernable by initiates.
Today if one is so determined this can be done with research of ancient tradition. The teachings preserved in Greek classics can even provide access to the inner meaning.