Somewhere between 597 and 586 BC, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon (what is now Iraq) attacked and destroyed the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. Many Jews were killed. Some Jews were captured and taken to Babylon.
While in Babylon, the captured Jews were exposed to and indoctrinated by Zoroastrianism. They were taught about Angels, Demons, Satan, the afterlife, Heaven and Hell.
King Nebuchadnezzar died and his heirs took over. In about 539 BC, Cyrus, the King of Persia (Iran) attacked and captured Babylon. He released the captive Jews and they returned to Jerusalem. For two centuries the Jews remained under Persian protection.
Darius I, (550–486 BC) the third Persian emperor, rebuilt the Temple in Jerusalem.
Reconstruction of the second temple was completed during the time of Artaxerxes II (400 BC).
Most Jews continued to believe that God did it all, there was no Satan, no afterlife and death was "dust to dust". Some privately did preach and write about Angels, Demons, Satan, afterlife, Heaven, and Hell`s Eternal-Torment.
Jesus Christ introduced Angels, Demons, Satan, the afterlife, Heaven and Hell in His preaching and Christianity came to believe Christ`s teachings.
Zoroastrianism believed in liberty and freedom of choice.
They believed in immortality of the soul, in life after death, that their deeds will be judged and the eternal dwelling of the two groups in Heaven and Hell.
They believed in the end of the world, when the dead revive with a fresh life and new beginning. The future will be transformed by "The Savior" who will perform the task of resurrection.
Traditional Jews did not believe in an afterlife, in judgment after death, in a reward of Heaven or a retribution of Hell.
Judaism`s "One God of Abraham" did NOT have universal appeal or status. Those Jews did not believe in Satan or Angels and Demons.
The Jew`s Old Testament Biblical God basically threatened His believers: If you do not obey Me, I will kill you. Jesus Christ added that if you do not obey, you will be judged not to go to Heaven with God but to go to Hell`s Eternal-Torment.
Any Old Testament Satan or demon stories were influenced by Persian Iranians. Zoroastrianism influenced some OT texts and apparently Jesus Christ bought Zoroastrianism hook, line and sinker. Jesus also apparently sold the beliefs of Zoroastrianism as His own. These beliefs became Christianity.
The Apostle Paul preached Jesus` teaching about God, Satan, Angels, Demons, Heaven and Hell. This teaching filled the churches that Paul built due to the believers fear of Hell`s Eternal-Torment.
The Catholic Religion follows Paul`s teachings more than Jesus` teachings.
Jesus came only for the Jews. Paul open the religion up to the Gentiles.
Although Catholics are "Christians", their religion could more realistically be called "Paulianity".
When the captive Jews came in contact with the Zoroastrianism preaching Persians, the notions of Heaven, Hell, rewards and punishments were seeded. Later, through Jesus Christ, those notions grew into Christianity.
The Book of Daniel
The Book of Daniel describes King Nebuchadnezzar`s attack and destruction of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. Zoroastrianism is not included in the Book of Daniel.
Jeremiah 27:6 God said: I now have given all these lands to My servant, Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon,
Pastor Arnold Murray summarized that: God is in control and used King Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon, to slaughter and capture God’s “chosen” Jews and Jerusalem – to teach them a lesson. This King was an enemy of the Jews yet King Nebuchadnezzar actually wrote a portion of the Bible.
Lewis Smedes: Commitment in theater is also true in preaching a sermon. On Friday night I wrestle with my doubts. is it really true? On Sunday morning I can preach on the same subject so committed undoubtedly. On Monday, I might be wrestling with doubts again.
Holman Bible Dictionary: Saul did NOT struggle to eliminate Baalism.
Saul named his son “Eshbaal” (Man of Baal). I Chronicles 8:33.
Jonathan had a son, “Merib-baal” (From The Mouth of Shame) (I Chronicles 8:34).
David named a son “Beeliada” (Baal know) (I Chronicles 14:7).
Here is certain evidence that “God’s Chosen” always kept homage with the god, Baal.
The God Baal?
Why do most believers respond adversely, frightfully and painfully to new Biblical C&V knowledge?
Corrections? Comments? Questions?