posted on Dec, 13 2008 @ 02:53 AM
we must always remember the roots of Christianity, and Gnosticism, which would be Zoroastrianism.
Zoroastrianism was the first religion to have a black&white worldview, whereas before, there were always shades of grey.
of course, there were always bad guys and good guys, but sometimes the bad guys did good things, and the good guys did bad things, and sometimes they
did things that made no sense, and sometimes they were evolved and godly, and other times they were lecherous and mischevious.
Zoroastrianism eventually spread in the Persian Empire, and influenced the Old World religions, begetting religions like Mithraism, the precursor to
the key concepts of Zoroastrianism are thus:
1. there is a Supreme Being, aloof from the universe. he is called Ahura Mazda.
2. Ahura Mazda created Angra Mainyu and Spenta Mainyu, who interact with the world, and correspond to Light, Good, Spirit (Spenta) and Darkness, Evil,
Matter (Angra). This is the origin of the modern version of the relationship between God and the Devil.
3. These two will build armies of angels and demons, and recruit as many human souls to fight on either side. this culminates in Judgement Day.
4. on Judgement Day, Ahura Mazda destroys the Army of Darkness and receives the Army of Light into the Kingdom of Heaven.
does all this sound Familiar? it should. remember that this came about long before christianity.
judaism of course was extant, but in a very different form, and was very influenced by the Monotheistic Revolution of Akhenaten, who was Pharoah
during the slavery of the Jewish people, and 'Hebrew' is derived from the Egyptian 'Khibiru' for 'Slave'.
for the Hebrews, Satan was a minor figure, usually playing the role of one of the Sons of God, particularly one that happened to dislike humanity
intensely, and was always trying to get God to wipe us out, or otherwise punish us.
Jews traditionally didn't beleive in the christian concept of hell. they beleived in Shaol, which was where ALL the dead went, and was generally an
awful, boring place underground, but not specifically a punishment, just a fact of afterlife, as it were. no tortures or fire, just dusty, boring
greyness. sounds like a bummer, huh?
Other sources for the rituals and ideas we have in Christianity:
Hinduism. yes, Hinduism! Bhakti practices for instance. let us take the example of Krishna: a deity that comes to earth to rid the world of demonic
influence every 5-10,000 years or so, and is also a god whose worship consists of devotion and love, like Jesus.
Catholics and Baptists: Hindus have been using Rosaries and Baptising in their sacred rivers for many thousands of years before Christ.
a name of Krishna is Krista. notice the similarity between the word 'Christ' and 'Krista'.
it may surprise you to find out that many sects of Vaishnavism (the Hindus that worship Vishnu, the parent deity of Krishna) recognize Jesus as one of
the 'Avaatra' or manifestations of Vishnu on earth. a reincarnation of Krishna!