In Japan, we Japanese are born Shintoist and we die Buddhist, so it is said. I'm an atheist and don’t believe in either religion and think they’re nothing but fiction, please keep this in mind.
No one here cares about what Shinto tells us. We don’t wonder any greater meanings or take our morals from the Shinto deities. My family has a butsudan in our home, where our ancestors and house deity live. None of us worry what the deity thinks. We put rice and sake and beer on the shrine and it’s never consumed. It’s not going to judge us, it’s not going to damn us, it protects the house. Unlike the Abrahamic religions, it never – never – implores us to kill, rape or attack others. It doesn’t tell us to have slaves, or make slaves of others. None of us, quite frankly, care what it thinks and would never act as if the kamisama was talking to us. In fact, no crime is committed in Japan where the insane, who have killed people, claim "the kamisama told me to!" It never happens, has never happened in the entire history of Japan.
And likewise in Zen Buddhism. The Zen Buddha never tells you to kill. Rather, we are told that we can reach the Buddha by training to perfection. When your movement becomes perfect, you feel the hands of Buddha upon you. Once reaching that perfect state we no longer need to fight. From then on you will instantly know, without physical engagement, who is the stronger opponent. The outcome decided, the opponents agree and either go their own way or enjoy a drink together.
The Abrahamic religions are vile. They beseech you worshipers to rain hell among the unbelievers – you cannot tell me that is false. You have justified slavery and rape and murder from your Bible, Boss. You have no excuse, not in our day, not with our knowledge, not with our laws.
War is in your holy book like a disease.
Christianity tells us that people are sinful and are doomed to hell – a hell that God Almighty Created for people that displease Him – that “only by grace” we are saved. Jesus literally says "I am your only salvation." What could be more evil than to say "you were born human and will suffer, except for me"???
We all have idealized selves. We all have an image of who we should be in our heads. Younger, full of willpower, strong, moral. And we never live up to this person. We fail because of emotion, need, desire, circumstance – we all know what it is like to disappoint a loved one. And Christianity rapes these feelings of ours and tells us that to be human, to be the best we can be, is a sentence to eternal hell. Only the Christian deity can save us from this fate, from ourselves, and labels this failure "original sin".
What evil! What manipulation! How vile is that religion! And the Muslims claim no better with the Muslim religion – they have to pray 5 times a day to a dictator who knows their every action, who demands homage out of insecurity, who lies to them, telling them that they are His chosen people, the last to receive His message.
Don’t tell us that Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin were secular – they were steeped in religion. They knew very well, perhaps better than anyone, how the Abrahamic religions manipulate people and they put those devices into practice. Don’t condescend to us and lie about history. The worst excesses of the 20th century were taught to their dictators at the teats of Christianity. Look! They learned their lesson very well.
You cannot claim that religion is good for people. You cannot claim that the Abrahamic religions lead to spiritual growth based on the best of your religious scholars – intelligent, educated people who, universally, ignore the literal translation of all Abrahamic religious texts.
Your religions are vile. Damaging. Hateful to humanity.