I hear this all of the time! God has too many rules. When I quizzed them further; they explained that they were actually fearful that they might work really hard and still might not make it into heaven. I was told this more than once.
I had to explain that you cannot earn your salvation; it is a free gift. When we accept Jesus as Lord, we are made righteous or in right standing with God. The bible says on our own our righteousness is as filthy rags.
Righteousness is often confused with holiness, but it isn’t. The fact of the matter is that some church folks turn off those that don’t go to church making them think that in order to get into heaven one earns brownie points; when in fact righteousness is a free gift. Jesus paid the price with his blood.
Because Jesus paid the price for believers, we will live forever.
Eph.2:8,9 For by grace are ye saved through faith, not of yourselves…not of works
Mk.10:25-27 Who can be saved? With men it is impossible
Rom.3:20a By deeds of law shall no flesh be justified in His sight
Rom.11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works
Gal.2:16 Justified by the faith of Christ and not by works of the law
2Tim.1:9 Saved us, not according to our works, but according to His grace
Tit.3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done