Comparing Zoroastrianism, Christianity, And Islam

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In today’s world, there are thousands of religions that exist, each with their own complexities. Many of these religions contain similar beliefs and values, although it may not seem that way on the surface. Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam are a few examples of religions that appear drastically different at first glance, but actually have some of the same core beliefs, as well as many small differences caused by the diverse cultures of these religions. All three religions are monotheistic, meaning they believe in a single god, but the names of God differ among each religion. Zoroastrians call their god Ahura Mazda, or “the wise Lord, from whom all good things flowed.” (Fisher, 242) Christians have many names for their god, but “God”…show more content…
However, each religion uses distinct rituals and practices to show one’s worship and devotion to God. In Zoroastrianism, a common ritual involves tying the sacred cord (kusti) around one’s waist, which is symbolic of “girding themselves as soldiers for Ahura Mazda, strengthening their resolve to follow the spiritual path.” (245) Additionally, Zoroastrians practice purification by water. Christians and Muslims also believe in purification by water, but neither believe that all water is sacred. Zoroastrians, however, avoid sinful acts such as polluting water in order to express their worship of Ahura Mazda. Zoroastrians also raise their hands in worship and prayer, which can also be seen in some forms of Christianity. Christian worship varies widely based on denomination, but some common methods of worship include liturgy (public worship), communion, baptism, and fasting (349-351). In Islam, believers practice the Five Pillars – belief and witness, daily prayers, zakat (charity), fasting, and haji (pilgrimage to Mecca). Each religion has some variation in their methods of worship, but all three have some similarities, such as the acts of prayer and

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