So, as some of you might know I have added ritual into my practice as a means of trying to diminish my clung to ideas of organized religion from a staunch Atheist point of view. I also have read a bit about Pureland which has helped me a lot in gaining an acceptance and appreciation for theistic religions.
Essentially all religions are the same. It is all mind and a directing of our thoughts to the qualities we wish to emulate in our lives. Hell or Hell Realms are where we go, mentally when we are not focusing on those qualities that a Buddhist would consider skillfull or ones that take one towards Nirvana and away from Samsara.
Putting ones faith in "god" is just another method of letting go of the ego. Giving all glory for the things we accomplish to god and not ourselves. I don't think theistic methods are as effective as others as they take ownership for ones situation away from the person and place it upon god. Unless a theistic follower was aware that their "god" was "mind" and knew that ultimately all their actions and consequenses were of their own making then it's a lesser path. But better a lesser path than no path.
What do others think?