Daily Topic for October 25, 2010

Psalm 49:12
But man, despite his riches, does not endure; he is like the beasts that perish.

No community can understand this better than the Zoroastrian Parsees. They have wealth and prestige, yet their numbers are dwindling so rapidly that almost every article about them mentions this alarming fact. Who will receive the wealth that they collected?

Pray that the Parsees in India will understand the importance of seeking eternal riches in Christ.

Zoroastrian Parsees in India

by WK

When the body of the Parsee elder was laid to rest at the tower of silence in Mumbai, India, there were few children attending the funeral. Most of the Parsee families that came had only one child. There were also many unmarried men and women in their 30s. Everyone knew the Parsees were a dying people group.

The first Parsees came to India from Persia (now called Iran) in the 7th century A.D. when Muslim conquerors outlawed the beliefs of Zoraster, an ancient prophet who preached that there were two gods, one good and one evil. Persia’s new Muslim rulers considered a belief in two gods to be idolatry, so they persecuted the Parsees.

Fleeing to India, many Parsees became rich businessmen, and they have remained so for hundreds of years. Recently a declining birth rate has put this people group in danger of extinction. The Parsee religion doesn’t accept converts, so birth is the only way to increase their numbers.

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Pray that the Parsees of India would realize that there is only one God and that He is always good. They also need to know that right living, as taught by Zoraster, won’t get anyone to heaven. Ask God to lead people of faith to reach out to the Parsees. Pray that the Lord would open the hearts of this people group to salvation by faith in Jesus, the one true God. Only then will there be a viable church among the Parsees of India.

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