For most, religion seems to be a very debatable topic since there are many different existing religions. There are a lot of issues on which came first, which gave birth to another, which beliefs are true and so on. One of the religions that most people are not aware of is Zoroastrianism. It was the religion of ancient Persia (Iran today). It is still not clear when this religion emerged and if it is really the pioneer of monotheism. Just like any other religion, Zoroastrianism also has its god in the name of Ahura Mazda which was said to be seen by the prophet Zoroaster.
After the Zoroaster’s encounter with Ahura Mazda, the people believed that it is the god’s way of revealing his true religion. It is also then that the people believed that god reveals himself to humans. Similar to other religions, Zoroastrianism focuses on the moral aspects of life. In fact, it has its five principles that focus on the morality of man. It includes principles about freedom, choice, ethics, and dualism. Zoroastrianism also stressed that a man’s happiness and suffering are a result of his thoughts and deeds.
There are also concepts of rewards and punishment for this religion. Zoroastrianism also stresses the good nature of man and everything that comes from God. That is why it is referred to as the first environmental religion because it gives high importance to nature, cleanliness, etc. With its many beliefs and principles, Zoroastrianism seems to always consider what is good for the people. It is very apparent that Zoroastrianism stresses the importance of human rights with its principles on equality, justice and many others.
It also reflects, just like most religions, the conflict between good and evil. It also believes in the concepts of judgment after death and hell. Just like what Karl Marx said, “Religion is the opium of the masses”. It is up to the people who and what to believe in. But for me, all religions seem to just protect the rights of man. In the case of Zoroastrianism, their principles carry what is needed to protect their people and to choose good over evil for the sake of morality.