That Ladder a Dream

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A man dreamed that he built a ladder from earth to heaven, and when he did a good deed up went his ladder a few feet. When he did a very good deed his ladder went higher, and when he gave away large sums of money to the poor it went up further still. By and by it went out of sight, and as years rolled on, it went up, he thought, past the clouds, clear into heaven. When he died he thought he would step off his ladder into heaven, but he heard a voice roll out from paradise:
“He that climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.”
Down he came, ladder and all, and he awoke. He said if he wanted to get salvation he must get it in an­other way than by good deeds, and he took the other way, which is by Jesus Christ.