Religions the True God is not Involved in Need Rules that Bind People with

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After the World War II, GHQ, General Headquarters of the Allied Forces, ascribed the “frantic” attack of Japanese Army to State Shinto. GHQ must’ve planned to destroy shinto shrines all over Japan.

  • ascribe A to B  AをBのせいにする
  • state 国家
  • destroy 破壊する

The damage Japanese Army did to the US army was much bigger than expected. GHQ assumed that the frantic actions of the Japanese soldiers without fear were due to their fanatical religious cult.

  • assume 思い込む
  • frantic 半狂乱の
  • fanatical 熱狂的な

GHQ must’ve been surprised to find that there were a lot of religions in Japan, such as Shintoism, Buddhism and Christianity, and that they co-existed without uniformity. There are myriads of gods in Shintoism and each of them is worshipped by people, which must’ve been beyond Christians’ understanding.

  • lack 欠く
  • uniformity 統一性
  • myriads of A 無数のA
  • worship 崇拝する

* Who is the founder of Shintoism? None. Though His Imperial Majesty holds Shintoism in high estimation, there have been a lot of shinto shrines the Emperor has nothing to do with all over Japan since ancient times.

  • founder 創立者
  • estimation 評価
  • anctent times 古代

*What’s the doctrine of Shintoism? What does Kami, or God in Shintoism, look like? Shintoism has no doctrine and Kami has no figure. I dare say that it has a custom that rice and vegetables are offered to Kami with gratitude. Because Kami is invisible, the space for Kami is prepared in a room of a shrine.

  • doctrine 教義
  • figure 姿
  • dare   あえて〜する
  • custom 慣習
  • graitude 感謝の気持ち

* Are there any rules or penal regulations in Shintoism? None. But it’s traditionally prohibited to enter a sacred mountain with a shrine standing on it and to cut trees there without permission. People visit shrines voluntarily and randomly.

  • penal 罰の
  • sacred 神聖な
  • prohibit 禁止する
  • voluntarily 自発的に

Shintoism must’ve been unbelievable for Christians of GHQ who read the Bible every day and went to Church on Sundays to hear preaching. Why could Shintoism band the Japanese together without any rules? The more they tried to unravel the mystery, the more puzzled they became.

  • preaching 説教
  • band A together Aをまとめる
  • unravel 解明する
  • puzzeld 当惑する

Shintoism is the most advanced in spirituality of all religions. The practical power of Kami is really great. Shintoism has been supported and maintained by the Japanese for thousands of years without any rules that bind them with, which would be impossible without God’s intention. The fact that people have believed in Shintoism voluntarily for such a long time proves the existence of God.

  • advanced 進んでいる
  • maintain 維持する
  • intention 意図
  • existence 存在

Religions that have faith in false gods need rules that bind believers with. That the Japanese have visited Shinto shrines out of their own free proves that the true God is involved in Shintoism. Similarly, you should hold memorial services for your ancestral spirits voluntarily and naturally to appease them, not to get rid of your worries or out of fear.

  • false 偽の
  • free will 自由意志
  • involved 関与して
  • similarly  同様に
  • appease 慰める
  • get rid of A Aをなくす

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