and gave all my money to the poor, would that get me into
heaven?" I asked the children in my class.
"NO!" the children all answered.
"If I cleaned the mosques every day, mowed the yard,
and kept everything neat and tidy, would that get me into heaven?"
Again the answer was, "NO!"
"Well, then, if I was kind to animals and gave candy to all the
children and loved my wife, would that get me into heaven?"
I asked them again.
Once more they all answered, "NO!"
"Well," I continued, thinking they were a good bit more theologically
sophisticated than I had given them credit for,
"then how can I get into heaven?"
A five-year-old boy shouted out, "YOU GOTTA BE DEAD!"