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Comparing Zoroastrianism and Christianity

Zoroastrianism
Christianity
Founder Zoroaster, a man from Persia (Iran). Zoroaster is also called Zarathustra. Jesus Christ, the Son of God
Who they worship A god called Ahura Mazda The God of the Bible, the Creator of the universe
Holy book The Avesta The Holy Bible
Main symbol Fire The cross
What followers are called Zoroastrians (also called Parsees in some places) Christians
Number of followers in the world today Over 2 million, mostly in Asia. (80,000 in North America) Over 2 billion
Salvation Zoroastrians believe the way to heaven is by doing good works to please their god. They believe that “three truths”—Good Thoughts, Good Words, and Good Deeds—will please him. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9). “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Iran: Crime Scene Investigation

Iran

Note: Some of the quotes in this story were edited and paraphrased from the original source for clarity.

Sarah is a girl from Iran. When she was 10 years old, about the age of the Iranian girl in the photo to the left, a scary thing happened to her, her older sister, and her parents.

“One Sunday around lunch time, there was a knock at our door,” said Sarah. “Some men came into our home with walkie-talkies and guns at their sides. They came with a search warrant to search our home. They put all four of us into one room while they searched the rest of the house.”

The men were police who were looking for evidence of a crime. Sarah’s father, a taxi driver, had given Christian pamphlets and New Testaments to Muslims. In Iran, that is a crime.

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The Six-Year-Old Evangelist

Iran

In Tehran, Iran, a 6-year-old boy watched a Christian television program about Jesus. The Muslim government does not allow Christian TV programs to be produced in Iran. But they cannot control what is broadcast into Iran from other countries by satellite.

As the boy listened to the followers of Jesus on his TV, he sang along with them and prayed when they prayed. One morning before school, he said to his mother, “I want to tell my teacher about Jesus. What can I do?”

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Iran: “I Couldn’t Wait to Share Jesus”

Iran

Growing Up Muslim
“Sara” (not her real name) is a woman in Iran. She grew up in a Muslim family. Even when she was very young, she thought about eternal things. “I wanted the Truth,” she told workers from The Voice of the Martyrs.

Muslims worship Allah; they believe he is the creator of the universe. Muslims believe they should pray five times a day at certain times, in certain ways, saying certain words. Sara saw other Muslims praying to Allah.

“As a young girl,” said Sara, “I asked my mom and dad if I could learn how to pray the prayers. I would lay out my white prayer cloth on the floor then place another cloth on top, then lay down a handkerchief with a stone. We have to put our nose on the stone.”

Christians know that we are saved from sin by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Muslims depend on their own good works to please Allah. They believe Allah will allow them to enter paradise when they die if they have done enough good works. Sara became known as someone who was working very hard to earn her way to paradise.

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Seven-Year-Old Boy Strengthens Iranian Believers

Iran

Christians in Iran have told The Voice of the Martyrs about a 7-year-old Iranian Christian boy. The boy used to be a Muslim. When he was born, his parents gave him the name of a well-known relative of Mohammed. Mohammed was the founder of the Muslim religion.

When Muslims in Iran become Christians, many of them begin to use Christian names instead of the Muslim names they were born with. When the 7-year-old boy decided to follow Christ, he did not change his name. “I want people to know that even someone with my name can be saved!” he said.

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