One morning Angelica was walking along, minding her own business, when suddenly she stopped; she didn't know where she was or how she got there. She looked below her and she was standing on what appeared to be clouds. In front of her she saw a big gate; it was gold and had pearls all over it. Angelica wasn't scared but she was curious.
"Where am I?" she thought to herself.
"You are at the Pearly Gates," said a loud voice.
Angelica was startled. "Who said that and how did you know what I was thinking?" she questioned.
"I AM," said the voice.
Somehow Angelica knew she was talking with God. "Why am I here?" she asked.
"You are here because you have made a transition."
"What kind of transition?" Angelica interrupted.
"The ultimate one," said God.
Angelica was shocked. "…I can't believe it…I'm dead?" she asked.
"Yes," God said plainly. "I want you to answer me this…Why do you deserve to pass through the Pearly Gate and enter into Heaven and have eternal life?"
Angelica didn't know quite how to answer…she thought of her Mother and Father. She thought of all of her imperfections and her sins and the life that she thought was a pretty good one. "Well…" Angelica began "I had great parents and friends and I think I had a pretty good life. I have sinned just like everyone else because we are all sinners. Although I have never killed anyone or lived in adultery, my sins have been just as bad as that, whether it be lying, cheating or stealing. My answer to you, is that no matter how good a life I have had or however bad or good I have been in my life, I do not deserve to go to Heaven and have eternal life…Because I am a sinner."
And with her answer, God allowed her passage to Heaven and she entered it.
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