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Main theme of Zorostrianism
Early historians have noted down some points of Zoroastrianism. Plato in Alcibiades has given the earliest reference to Zoroaster.Fire It is mentioned that Zoroaster was the son of Ahura Mazda. Persians do not have idols, nor do they build temples. He further tells us that the Persians believe Fire to be a god.

Persians first invoke fire before they worship any deity. According to Persians evil is always mingled with good, and that the good god and the demon are engaged in a constant war. However, they believe that in the end, Ahriman will perish and disappear and all men will live in happiness.

Zarathustra maintained strict monotheism, that is, he did not believe in many Gods, but only One God. With the rise of speculative tendency, Zoroastrianism became dualistic, maintaining the conflict between two primeval forces.

Parsi God, Ahura Mazda is one and only God. As such Zoroastrian is essentially a monotheistic wokship Essentially God is transcendent for He is much beyond and above His creatures. He is yet not so remote as a deistic God is, for He can be approached and worshipped by his devotees. He is immanent only in a metaphorical or secondary sense in as much as He establishes a relation with His worshippers as their father, brother, friend and guide.

Zarathustra meditated long in solitary seclusion and at last reached the conception of Ahura Mazda or the Wise Lord. At last Zarathustra got convinced that he was called upon to preach the message of God for all mankind. His preaching was concerned with a noble religion. Ahura Mazda was above all the gods and did not favour animal sacrifice. But he required genuine good thoughts, good words good deed. In other words, the wise Lord, Ahura Mazda demanded purity of thought, speech and action.

Zoroastrianism believes in the resurrection of dead, and, the Day of Judgment. Every man will have to get across the bridge of Chinvat. Good souls who go across will go to heaven and evil ones into hell.

However, the Parsis believe in Restoration, when ultimately the whole universe will be restored to its purity. The torment of hell is not eternal, for in the end man will be restored to a life of bliss after being chastised and purified by the hell-fire.

The evil force is represented by Ahriman and his demons who instill evil thoughts in man and create evil in all other circumstances. As against the forces of evil, Ahura Mazda through His representative Spenta Mainyu and other good angels are there to fight evil so that the day of restoration be brought nearer.

Zoroastrianism with its doctrine of angels and demonology teaches that man is to become a co-sharer and co-worker in the conquest of evil by his goodness.temple This means that man can help the fight against evil by offering sacrifice of food and drinks to the gods for strengthening them and by cheering them through praise.

By the way through this grand plan of God, man has not only to serve God by his good thought, speech and action, but also has to contribute materially for the welfare of man and beasts. Hence Zoroastrianism is a religion of inner purity and social benevolence. Zoroastrianism as a reformist movement is characterized by a good deal of intolerance of idolatry, and over-zealous regard for monotheism.
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