What are shoten-zenjin (Buddhist gods)?

Shoten-zenjin are occurrences that are not humanly possible, can't be seen and are not
scientifically explained. They are inexplicable phenomena that occur. In Buddhism first
there is the Law, then the Buddha. What protects the Law and the Buddha are s

Christianity teaches that God is above all, even above the law. There are also some
Christian schools that teach that Christ is the law. This is true in some Buddhisms too,
such as  
Nembutsu and Zen, which teach that the law and Buddha are the same. So in
these religions Buddha or God are the central focus.

By contrast, in
Nichiren Daishonin's true Buddhism there is the Law that exists and it is
first. The person who realizes this Law becomes a  Buddha. The Buddha teaches that he
achieved Buddhahood by believing in the Law. Therefore, in order for others to realize
Buddhahood they should practice as the Buddha did, believing in and practicing the Law.
The Law is central. The
shoten-zenjin are ancillary forces of nature.
By Reverend Raidou Hirota
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