I have been asked by a correspondent, so I will answer here.
Amida is a Buddha, not a god. In theistic religions, god is said to create the universe and pass judgement on the beings in it (that the god created). In Buddhism the universe has always been in existence and goes through cycles of growth and decay and the beings within it evolve both physically and spiritually. Within the universe are many worlds. Buddhas exercise influence in these worlds. Where the influence of a Buddha prevails and the land becomes ordered in accordance with the Dharma we call this a Buddha Land. The Buddha Land of Amida is called Sukhavati. Pureland bodhisattvas hope to be reborn in Sukhavati from time to time. There are other worlds where Dharma does not prevail. This world is one. Nonetheless, in some of the Dharma-less worlds a Buddha has appeared, whereas in some others there has been no Buddha. In this world a Buddha called Shakyamuni appeared. He had many disciples and they continue his work. Sometimes bodhisattvas from Sukhavati or other Buddha Lands are born into this world and help the work of Shakyamuni which aims ultimately to turn this world into a new Buddha Land. Namo Amida Bu.
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