Here goes another attempt:
ronnewmexico wrote:...my contention as elaborated is that simply prayer and devotion absent of the other qualities of a path to enlightenement which include focus concentration and other things(as mentioned in that particular sutra mentioned) are necessary.
I think it tended to be the other way round. One starts off with little or no "other qualities", but with faith/devotion to the Buddha/Buddha Dharma and slowly develop these "other qualities".
ronnewmexico wrote:Very rare is the individual to my opinion who already has all the prerequisits composits and lacks only faith prayer and devotion to complete the path. I would not deny it can happen but is very rare. And through faith and devotion prayer and such one can develope the other qualities necessary on the path. However the necessity to develope these other qualities speaks of the lacking in themselves in isolation faith prayer and devotion of being able to provide those things automatically. They may lead to the other, not provide the other by themselves..... or else all faithful devoted theists who pray a lot would be on the road quite assuredly without any other notion to enlightenment...we know that is not the fact.The object of the veneration faith and devotion to the prayer of such would have no, absolutely no distinction, as in this consideration a buddha would equal a christ who would equal a Mohommad who would equal a sun god and on and on...the prayer devotion and faith being the key means nothing else of real importance....names to this way of thinking that could be readily equally exchanged.
That final notion, contradicts very many of buddhist core concepts of absolutism and nihilism being inadequate and faulted, referenced by many buddhist teachers in a historical context and the Buddha himself who firmly rejected the absolutist means of Brahamin fire ceremony as being a reasonable path.
I think the object that devotion is directed to is important. Through devotion, a spiritual/mental connection with the object of devotion is made this leads to the development of the Dharmic qualities and wisdom connected with the object of devotion. If the object connected with is still stuck in samsara, then whatever one receives or develop as a result would not free one from samsara.
ronnewmexico wrote:So I remain with point....why pure lands?
To help those who have largely devotion and little else to speed along the path to enlightenment based on the reasons that I've proposed in this post and in my earlier posts.