[quote=Sgt Sweaters]If I have a flawed understanding of Zoroastrianism, I apologize, but from what I know, there is a fatal flaw that I think throws a wrench in the works of your theory.
Z. is a dualist religion; the evil force is not dependent on the good force, unlike Christianity. We believe that Evil could not exist without Good, whereas Z. purports that each Evil and Good are independent forces. The classic problem with dualism is, of course, who wins? And why? If you have an ultimately unstoppable force that meets an ultimately immovable object, what happens?
Also, as is my understanding, we (that is, creation) is merely a side-effect of their struggle, much unlike Christian belief.
From what I understand, Christianity and Z. are unrelated, historically and theologically. Considering the aspect of the nature of God that promises that he will not deceive us, I say no, of course God did not create Z. He created Judaism, which morphed into Christianity. He created no false religion.
Once again, I am ignorant of much, and would love to be corrected of anything I might be wrong about.
I believe you are correct in saying that they believe evil is independent of good, but they also believe that the good will be rewarded and that good will ultimatly prevail over evil, much like christianity. I am not saying they are exactaly the same, but have many similarities. I have been facinated by these similarities and when I learned the Magi where Zoarastrians, I thought, “gee, maybe there’s somthing here,” I am not saying I am going to convert to it (I don’t think I will ever be anything but Catholic), I’m just saying that it could contain an element of truth. The magi clearly new that Jesus was very important and a King. They were led to Jesus by God (the star), this suggests that the Z were more in tune with the truths of God than those of other pre-christian, pagan faiths. Does the Church comment on what happens to the Magi after they return to their homland?