There are numerous writings about the. subject pain, but this time I am relating it with the Christianity and summarize it.
St. Augustine is perhaps the most significant Christian thinker after St. Paul He adapted Classical thought to Christian teaching and created a powerful theological system of lasting influence. He also shaped the practice of biblical exegesis and helped lay the foundation for much of medieval and modern Christian thought. Exegesis is a critical explanation or interpretation of a text, particularly a religious text.
Augustine said that the good is what is most real. When you think about it, pain is the most real thing you can experience.You can never deny it’s existence, you never have to ask someone- IS THIS PAIN THAT I AM FEELING?CAN YOU VERIFY THIS?
Maybe this is the one of the reasons why saints were torturing themselves, knowledge being suffering , we are still paying for the truth.If I relate this to bibilogical context Eve discovered when she ate the apple.Actually , it is the only thing we know for certain.
In a way, the saints duped the dint of death-by making their lives so miserable they didn’t mind dying.When we overcome that barrier of fear of death then only I believe we are able to achieve lots of things that we are capable of.