“Shintoism originates from Japan. The word Shinto comes from the Chinese word Chen-tao, which means ‘the way of the gods.’ The two primary Shinto doctrines are that Japan is the country of the gods (or kami) and her people are the descendants of gods. This concept of the divine descent of the Japanese people, as well as the divine origin of the land, has given rise to a conviction of superiority over other countries and peoples. The Bible reads pride keeps people from seeking the true living God (Ps. 10:4). Purification rites (called harae) are vital in Shintoism, but the Bible reads the blood of Jesus purifies (Heb. 9:14). Practitioners worship at shrines or altars at their home to one or more of the large number of false gods. The sun goddess is highly revered in Shintoism. However, the Bible reads there is only one true God (Isaiah 45:5) who is a personal and loving Father. He alone created all things (2 Cor. 6:17-18). The false gods worshiped are really demonic spirits masquerading as gods. The idea of the divine descent precludes the need for a Savior. The Bible is clear that all have sinned against the living God, who is holy and in need of a Savior (Rom. 3:23; Rom 5:8). That Savior is the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).”
If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you can receive Him into your heart, and He can deliver you from darkness and sin and have your name written in His Book of Life.
If you are sincere, you can say this simple prayer to the Father (it doesn’t have to be word for word):
“God, I recognize that I have not lived my life for You up until now. I have been living for myself and that is wrong. Please forgive me of all of my sins, just as I forgive others. I need You in my life; I want You in my life. I acknowledge the completed work of Your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ in giving His life for me on the cross, I believe in my heart Jesus is Lord and was raised from the dead and I long to receive the forgiveness you have made freely available to me through this sacrifice. Come into my life now, Lord. Take up residence in my heart and be my king, my Lord, and my Savior. From this day forward, I will no longer be controlled by sin, or the desire to please myself, but I will follow You all the days of my life. Those days are in Your hands. I ask this in the Lord and GOD Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen.”