Jesus and Satan got into an
which of them was the better computer programmer. Finally
tired of the bickering and told them that he would judge a
between them. They each had four hours to write the best program
they could, and then God would decide the winner.
Well, they both
got right down to business, and wrote lines and lines
and lines of
code. But just before the four hours were up there was a
lightning and a tremendous clap of thunder. The lights
power faltered, and both computer screens went dead.
was restored, God declared that time was up and asked to see
results of their work. Jesus flipped on his computer and displayed
the most elegant program you could imagine, with beautiful architecture
and wonderful syllogisms, triumphs of multimedia sound and pictures
all kinds of bells and whistles.
God asked Satan wha
t he had created, but Satan said, "I've got
nothing. My program was twice as good as that, but I lost
when the power went out. Jesus must have cheated. How could he
have such a great program?"
God replied, "Everybody knows --