As a Christian I try and distance myself from “religious” people—the ones who are trying to earn everlasting life by their own efforts. In the East, they lie on beds of nails. In the West they sit on hard pews. Both are very painful and not necessary. The suffering has already been done. It took place 2,000 years ago on a cruel cross, because of which eternal life is now a free gift of God. See Romans 6:23 for proof, and www.needGod.com for how to find it.