Jesus and Satan got into an argument over which of them was the better
computer programmer. Finally God got tired of the bickering and told
them that he would judge a contest between them. They each had four
hours to write the best program they could, and then God would decide
They both got down to business and wrote lines and lines of code. But
just before the four hours were up there was a flash of lightning and
a tremendous clap of thunder. The lights flickered, the power faltered,
and both computer screens went dead.
When power was restored, God declared that time was up and asked to
see the 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 what he had created, but Satan said, "I've got
nothing, absolutely nothing! My program was twice as good as that, but
I lost it all when the power went out. Jesus must have cheated. How
could he still have such a great program?"
God replied, "Everybody knows -- Jesus Saves."