Keeping the Faith
The very tenets of Zoroastrianism could be feeding its demise, many adherents said in interviews. Zoroastrians believe in free will, so in matters of religion they do not believe in compulsion. They do not proselytize. They can pray at home instead of going to a temple. While there are priests, there is no hierarchy to set policy. And their basic doctrine is a universal ethical precept: “good thoughts, good words, good deeds.”Couple this with problems of intermarriage and death rates exceeding birth rates, with almost no converts to speak of, and you have a slow progression toward Zoroastrianism being as viable an option as Baal or Asherah worship.
Zoroastrian woes point out that any faith is one generation away from having no followers. While sharing the faith with others is vital, it is also important to raise your children to share your beliefs. This past Sunday's worship had as its first reading Deuteronomy 4:1-9 which ended with,
But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children's children.In the archives is the religion column Teach your children the language of faith.
The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor + King of Peace Episcopal Church