Japanese Christians hate Shintoists

What is Shinto?



Shintoism is a purely Japanese religion whose origins lie in ancient history. It is one of the oldest religions. The Japanese people have a deep love for their land and believe that the Japanese islands were the first divine creation. Shintoism, in fact, teaches that no other country is divine, which makes Japan unique in the world. Unsurprisingly, Shintoism is not popular outside of Japan.

The two fundamental Shinto teachings are that Japan is the land of the gods and that its people are the descendants of the gods. This concept of the divine ancestry of the Japanese people as well as the divine origin of the country have shaped the conviction of superiority over other countries and peoples. With the exception of a few designated Shinto sects, the religion has no founder, scriptures, or binding beliefs. Worship takes place at one of the many shrines in Japan, although many Japanese build altars at home for one or more of the numerous deities.

The word Shinto comes from the Chinese word Shen-taowhich means "the way of the gods". The main characteristic of Shinto is the idea of kami, the concept of a sacred power in living and inanimate objects. Shinto places great emphasis on the presence of gods and spirits in nature. The gods of Shinto are too numerous to be divided into hierarchies, apart from the sun goddess Amaterasu. She is highly venerated and her grand imperial temple is 200 miles southwest of Tokyo. Shinto teaches that the Japanese themselves of kami descend.

The Shinto religion is completely incompatible with biblical Christianity. First, the notion that the Japanese people and their land are preferred over all others contradicts biblical teaching in which the Jews are the chosen people: “For you are a holy people to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people of his own out of all the peoples that are on the earth ”(Deuteronomy 7: 6). And although the Jews are God's chosen people, they have never been called anything better than any other peoples, and the Bible does not teach that they are direct descendants of God or gods.

Second, the Bible makes it clear that there are not several gods, but only one God: "I am the LORD, and no one else, there is no god but me" (Isaiah 45: 5). The Bible also teaches that God is not an impersonal power but a loving and caring Father to those who are in awe of him (2 Corinthians 6: 17-18). He alone created the universe and he alone rules it. The idea of ​​gods inhabiting rocks, trees, and animals combines two different falsehoods: polytheism (the belief in multiple gods) and animism (the belief that gods are present in objects). These are lies from the father of lies, Satan, who "goes about like a roaring lion looking for whom to devour" (1 Peter 5: 8).

Third, Shintoism encourages pride and feelings of superiority among the Japanese people; such elitism is condemned in the Bible. God hates pride because it is pride that keeps people from seeking God with all their hearts (Psalm 10: 4). Furthermore, the doctrine that the Japanese are fundamentally good and of divine origin precludes the need for a Savior. This is the natural consequence of assuming that one's own race is of divine origin. The Bible clearly states that “they are all sinners and lack the glory that they are supposed to have with God” (Romans 3:23), that we all need one Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, and that “is in none other salvation, there is no other name given to men under heaven, through which we are to be saved ”(Acts 4:12).

While Shinto teaches that kami may communicate with those who have proven themselves worthy through ritual cleansing, the God of the Bible promises to be present to anyone who calls on his name for forgiveness. No amount of personal cleansing (some kind of good work to obtain salvation) will make a person worthy of God. Only through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross can the purification from sin be achieved, which makes us acceptable to the holy God. “For he made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness that is before God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

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