Wednesday 15 May 2019

Heavenly Verdict

A man dies and goes to Heaven.

He is surprised to be lead into a well-furnished room where St Peter is sitting at a large desk in front of a computer.

St Peter invites him to sit down and taps his details into the computer.

“I’m surprised to see a computer here,” says the man hesitantly, trying to make polite conversation, “I thought you’d have a big book with parchment paper and all our names written there …”

“Oh … that’s a common misconception,” replies St Peter, “we replaced the big books years ago … they were a bit unwieldy and heavy … and they were a bit slow to use … you know what it’s like … searching pages after pages for someone’s name …”

“Yes …” says the man nervously, “computers are much faster …”

“They sure are …” smiles St Peter clicking away on the keyboard, “a few key strokes here and there and we have all the information we need on view … the whole of one’s life is here for me to read …”

“Does the computer ever go wrong?” asks the man, sweating a little with concern about his prospects of entry, “I know they often went wrong on earth …”

“Oh yes …” replies the Saint chuckling quietly, “computers are computers whether on earth or here in Heaven … it’s just a machine … and all machines go wrong now and then … not like a book … what is written there remains there … unless it is altered or the page is torn away … which is obvious to the eye … you can easily see an alteration in a book …

“But computers sometimes freeze up … or play up every now and then and you can’t move forward to the next screen …

“Thumping the computer on the side doesn’t always work … I find that Control Alt and Delete does the trick. Either that, or I just switch it off and on again … ha ha ha … that sorts it all right!”

St Peter stops for a while chuckling to himself and scratching his long white beard before deciding what to input next on his computer.

“But … but … what if the database is wrong … an input error somewhere in the system …” splutters the man in a panic, “you could send a poor soul in the wrong place by mistake …”

“No one goes to hell by mistake … that never happens,” said the Saint confidently, “we have a fail safe system for that …

“God is supervising every transaction in another room. He has a monitor on His desk and He automatically checks every decision I make here on my computer. He is good that way … and he NEVER makes mistakes …

“The other day I had a guy here who had been a good man all his life. Never broke the law, was faithful to his wife, loved his children, worked hard … that sort of thing … he even went to church now and then.

“But he’d only done one good thing in his entire life … he once gave ten cents to a beggar in the street.

“I didn’t know what to decide … so I emailed God. A few seconds later He replied:

“ ‘Give him his ten cents back and tell him to go to hell!’ ”

Moral of the story:

"Not everyone who calls me 'Lord, Lord' will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only those who do what my Father in Heaven wants them to do." Matthew 7:21


  1. Whoa, tough love! Methinks I need to step up my act before it's too late.

    1. That quotation from Matthew's Gospel has baffled many people ever since.

      God bless you, Mevely.

  2. I wonder how anyone gets into Heaven these days. I know there is much more that I can do... before it's too late!

    1. I believe, Terri, through honesty. We can pray, (honestly), believe, (honestly), and do as much as we can to love one another, (as honestly as we possibly can, without prejudice, without holding anything back).

      God bless.

  3. We can always do more but somehow we lose track and fall back on our selfish ways thinking of only us. I know I'm guilty of that. Good post, thank you!

    1. You got it right, Bill. Somehow we all fall back to our old ways; me included.

      God bless you, Bill.

  4. Hi, Victor! I'm back from Mom's, and glad to be able to comment here again.
    I think this story was in Reflections for the Soul? I loved it then, and I'm loving it now, too. So enjoy all your posts, my friend.

    1. Glad to see you're back, Martha. Welcome home. Hope you had a good holiday.

      Yes this story was from one of my books. I think you mentioned the right one - I'll check. So glad you liked it.

      By the way, look out for my latest book. I'll post about it here soon.

      God bless.

  5. Never enough time to do we have to choose our tasks wisely.

  6. Our salvation is a GIFT from God and all we HAVE to do is believe that we are all sinners, ask for forgiveness. Believe that Jesus paid for our sins when he was crucified and rose again. Once we realize what Jesus did for us how can we not want to live for him!!

  7. Good post Victor. We all need to make sure we live a life that glorifies God.

    1. Amen Regina. Well said.

      God bless you my friend.



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