The purpose of religion is to escape damnation; the purpose of The Gospel is to immunize the human soul against Sin…completely and forever!
What is the point of all religion (at least from a Western Civilization perspective)? TO ESCAPE DAMNATION.
Guilt is used throughout our society as a source of motivation and a method of control.
It is important to understand the DIFFERENCE between Pain and Suffering: Pain is the inevitable effect of circumstances both within and outside of my control; Suffering is my reaction to Pain.