Originally Posted by thephilosopher6
How are we as Catholics suppose to view this ancient faith which only has around 150,000 adherents left world wide. The Bible seems to have a favorable view of Zoroastrians. The most notable example is probably the Magi who presented Jesus with their gifts soon after his birth and worshipped him. They were most likely Zoroastrian priest. Also, there is a great possibility King Cyrus the Great was Zoroastrian, and obviously the Old Testament speaks highly of him for his aid to the Jewish people during and after the Babylonian exile. Zoroastrianism also shares so many striking commonalities with us Abrahamics. Is it possible that Zoroastrianism might have a hint of divine inspiration to it? Is is possible the historical Zoroaster, whenever he lived and whoever he was, may have had come into contact with God?
This was a heavily debated topic even in the ancient days.
Some secular scholars speculate for instance that the Jews received their Messiah concept from encountering some form of Zoroastrianism.
Even in Islam, after Mohammed made his statement about the People of the Book (Jews, Us, and the Sabians), upon encountering the Zoroastrians he accepted jizya from them because he couldn't deny he encountered a divine faith as opposed to the other indigenous religions of the Middle East.
No formal statement about Zoroastrians will ever be given by the Vatican - there are just too few of them at this point. But I've seen enough private opinion from scholars which can't help but follow in your inclination.
To me they are Lost Cousins, there is just no means for us to do a Paternity test