- The Golden Phone
An American decided to write a book about famous churches around the world.
For his first chapter he decided to write about Australian churches. So he bought a plane ticket and took a trip to
Hobart,thinking that he would work his way across the country from South, East to West.
On his first day he was inside a church taking photographs when he noticed a
golden telephone mounted on the wall with a sign that read "$10,000 per "call"
The writer, being intrigued, asked a priest who was strolling by what
the telephone was used for. The priest replied that it was a direct line to
heaven and that for $10,000 you could talk to God. The writer thanked
the priest and went along his way.
Next stop was in Perth. There, at a very large cathedral, he saw the
same golden telephone with the same sign under it. He wondered if this
was the same kind of telephone he saw in Hobart and
he asked a nearby nun what its purpose was. She told him that it was a
direct line to heaven and that for $10,000 he could talk to God.O.K., thank
you," said the writer.
He then traveled to Sydney,Canberra, Adelaide,
Brisbane, Darwin, and Alice Springs. In every church he saw the same golden
telephone with the same $10,000 per call" sign under it.
The American, upon leaving Alice Springs saw a
sign for Melbourne and decided to see if Victoria had the same phone. He arrived
at 1735 Sydney Rd Campbellfield Melbourne, and again, there was the same golden telephone, but this time the
sign under it read "10 cents per call."
The writer was surprised so he asked the priest
about the sign. Father, I've travelled all over Australia and I've seen this
same golden telephone in many churches. I'm told that it is a direct line
to Heaven, but in every state the price was $10,000 per call. Why is it
so cheap here?"
The priest smiled and answered, "You're in Victoria at the Ford factory now son, it's a local call".