Have you heard the one about the clergyman and the taxi driver who both died and went to heaven? Saint Peter was at the pearly gates waiting for them.
‘Come with me,’ said Saint Peter to the taxi driver. The taxi driver did as he was told and followed Saint Peter to a mansion. It had everything you could imagine, from a bowling alley to an Olympic size pool.
‘Wow, thank you,’ said the taxi driver.
Next Saint Peter led the clergyman to a rugged old shack with a bunk bed and a little old television set.
‘Wait, I think you are a little mixed up,’ said the clergyman. ‘Shouldn’t I be the one who gets the mansion? After all, I was a clergyman, went to church every day, and preached God’s word.’
‘Yes, that’s true,’ replied Saint Peter. ‘But during your sermons people slept. When the taxi driver drove, everyone prayed.’
Another old gag. Mark Twain once quipped: ‘Go to heaven for the climate, and hell for the company.’ Why do people joke about Hell? Perhaps they make light of it rather than face up to the possibility that it is real.
According to Jesus, life goes on after physical death. But, where and how? Heaven and Hell is the answer. What are they like? How can we gain one and avoid the other?
Rev. Blair McFarland will be speaking on this topic in Bready Reformed Presbyterian Church on Sundays at 11.30am and 7pm throughout the month of April.
All are invited to attend at 209 Victoria Road, Bready.
‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.’ John 3: 16