Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Pearly Gates

I received the following e-mail this morning for the 109th time.

A fellow finds himself in front of the Pearly Gates.
St. Peter explains that its not so easy to get in heaven.
There are some criteria before entry is allowed.
For example, was the man religious in life? Attend church? No?
St. Peter told him that's bad.
Was he generous? give money to the poor? Charities? No?
St. Peter told him that that too was bad.
Did he do any good deeds? Help his neighbor? Anything? No?
St. Peter was becoming concerned. Exasperated, Peter says, "Look, everybody does something nice sometime.
Work with me, I'm trying to help. Now think!"

The man says, "There was this old lady. I came out of a store and found her
surrounded by a dozen Hell's Angels. They had taken her purse and were shoving
her around, taunting and abusing her. I got so mad I threw my bags down,
fought through the crowd, and got her purse back. I then helped her to her feet.
I then went up to the biggest, baddest biker and told him how despicable,
cowardly and mean he was and then spat in his face".

"Wow", said Peter, "That's impressive. When did this happen"?
"Oh, about 10 minutes ago", replied the man. 

I have heard some funny "pearly gate" jokes over the years. Most of them allude to men earning their way into heaven. I am so thankful we don't have to earn our way into heaven. That's right, it doesn't matter how good you are, the Bible makes it clear that you cannot earn your way into heaven. Going to church doesn't get you in nor does being generous or caring. 
(Ephesians 2:8-9) - "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast."

I admit that I am so far from perfect and would never make it to heaven on my own. Thank you God for your amazing gift of grace to your children.

I realize that not everyone shares the same views. I'd love to hear your thoughts on what happens after death. I just ask that you are respectful of others.


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