How Did Mithras Influence Early Christianity? w/ Dr. Jason Reza Jorjani

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    How Did Mithras Influence Early Christianity?
    w/ Dr. Jason Reza Jorjani

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    Apr 30, 2020 9:45 PM GMT
    Derek Lambert and Dr. Jason Reza Jorjani

    Mithraism is a savior religion. It holds there is an apocalypse at the end of history. Mithras is a savior figure. He is the god of light and of love.

    Zoroastrianism: a monotheistic pre-Islamic religion of ancient Persia founded by Zoroaster in the 6th century BC.

    Zoroastrianism became famous to Christians through St. Augustine, but it did not face the problem of evil. The god of light and wisdom is contrasted with a god/lord of deceit and darkness.

    Mithras was the god between these two gods of Zoroastrianism: Ahura Mazda and Angra Mainyu or Ahriman.

    Angra Mainyu, (Avestan: “Destructive Spirit”) Middle Persian Ahriman, the evil, destructive spirit in the dualistic doctrine of Zoroastrianism. According to the earliest version of the myth, he is the twin brother of Spenta Mainyu, the Holy Spirit, and both were the sons of Ahura Mazdā (Ormizd or Ormazd), the Wise Lord and supreme deity of Zoroastrianism.

    Angra Mainyu’s essential nature is expressed in his principal epithet—Druj, “the Lie,” which expresses itself as greed, wrath, and envy. To aid him in attacking the light (Spenta Mainyu, the good creation of Ahura Mazdā), Angra Mainyu created a horde of demons embodying envy and similar qualities. Despite the chaos and suffering effected in the world by his onslaught, believers expect Angra Mainyu to be defeated in the end of time by Ahura Mazdā. Confined to their own realm, his demons will devour each other, and his own existence will be quenched. In a later dualism, Ahura Mazdā, still the creator god, is himself the force of good, Angra Mainyu is his evil, destructive counterpart, and both exist from eternity.

    Mithras was the god of oaths and contracts--between Ahura Mazda and Ahriman).

    Mithras is the mediator and at the end of time, the apocalypse, he manifests in this world as the Savior in order to preside over the last judgment.

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