At Fushimi Inari-taisha, as sort of immersing myself to the culture of Japan, I tried the customary washing at the purification fountain found near the entrance of the shrine. Fill one of the ladles with water and wash both hands. For mouth rinsing, you cannot directly drink from the ladle. You have to transfer water into your hand, rinse your mouth and spit the water.
As traditionally practiced, you cannot visit a shrine if your health and emotion are not in good condition. Women who are having their menstrual cycle are not supposed to enter a shrine, which is a sacred place, because they are considered unclean.
In the Old Testament, like during the time of Moses, burnt offerings, sacrifices and rituals for purity are to be made to atone for the sins of the Israelites before they could approach a holy God. But when Jesus died on the cross, the only way it takes to approach God is to put our faith in his Son. We can now come as we are, as sinners. We no longer need to perform any rituals to be right with God because it is only by the blood of Christ that we are vindicated.
When Jesus breathed his last on the cross, the heavy curtain at the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. This symbolizes that through his death, he bridged the separation between God and man. “Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.” (Ephesians 3:12, NLT)
Come to Jesus and receive grace. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Come, however you are. —