was a teacher who died recently and went to heaven. He came to the door
and Peter said, "Wait a minute! Come here! Where are you going?" "I'm
going in there." "Oh, no you're not." "Why not?" "It's not that simple."
"Why?" "Well, we have a points system here, you see: so many points to
I didn't think that applied here. How many points," said the teacher,
"to get in?" "Well, you need at least a thousand," said Peter. At this
the teacher was a bit shocked but then came to himself again and Peter
said, "Okay, come on, come on, what did you do when you were down
stuck out his chest and said, "I went to Mass every morning for 40
years." He thought that was his trump card. And Peter said, "Fair
enough. That's one point." At this the teacher's heart was in his shoes
and so, Peter continued, "What else?" "Well, I belonged to the Third
World agencies, the St Vincent de Paul Society and a couple more
charitable organizations." Peter said, "Hurry up - what else? How much
money did you collect for good causes over the years?" "Perhaps
something like 25,000." "Not bad," said Peter, "not bad. That's another
this stage the teacher was completely deflated and muttered to himself
something like, "If this is the way it is, it's only by the grace of God
that I'm ever going to get in." On hearing that, Peter turned to him and
said, "Once you believe that, you've got the necessary thousand points.
If you really believe what you just said, you may go right on in.
Because heaven is a total, absolute, pure free gift of God."