A headline in the Grand Rapids Press read, "Conversion to Hindu Faith Is Tortuous." The article stated that a German businessman had completed his conversion to the Hindu faith by piercing himself through the cheeks with a ¼-inch-thick steel rod and pulling a chariot for two miles by ropes attached to his back and chest by steel hooks. Other converts had walked through long pits of fire, donned shoes with soles made of nails, or hung in the air spread-eagle from hooks embedded in their backs.
Aren't you glad that conversion to Christianity is not accomplished by self-inflicted torture? In contrast, Jesus Christ was afflicted with one of the cruelest forms of torture ancient
-- Lenya Heitzig and Penny Pierce Rose in Pathway to God's Treasure: Ephesians