Well, here you are. In dear, dirty, noisy, happy, old Haggerston. Close to the gas-works (six black blobs), and St. Augustine’s Church (marked with a cross). Why?
God never does things by accident, or without a good reason. God made you, me, everybody to know him (St. John 17, 3), love him, serve him, in this world; and to be happy with him one day and for ever in heaven (Revelation 21,4).
But God did not make you like a tram or a machine. He gave you the power to go where you like and do what you wish. In your soul he put a voice, called Conscience, which always tells you what is right and what is wrong. But you can listen to it and obey it, or not: iust as you choose. You have Free Will.
If you like, you can have bad friends, do sin, be selfish, say no prayers, be unkind, give up going to church. God will not stop you. He is so proud of you that he has given you Free Will. If you like, you can choose the good things: truth, purity, fairness, courage, unselfishness, love. But it will be you who choose, of your own Free Will.
And, as you choose during your life in that tent in this world, so you will receive in the next world beyond this life. If you want heaven while you are in Haggerston, you will get heaven when you have left Haggerston for ever; and if you don’t, you won’t.
Why are you here?
TO KNOW, LOVE, AND SERVE GOD IN THIS WORLD;
AND TO BE HAPPY FOR EVER WITH HIM IN HEAVEN.