Between moments of dispensing wisdom, managing things
ecclesiastic, and occasionally intervening in world affairs, it seems
that earth's religious leaders had also learned computer programming.
One day, a great contest was held to test their skills.
After days and days of fierce competition, only two leaders remained
for the last day's event: Jesus
and Mohammed. The judge described the software
application required for the final test, and gave the signal to start
The two contestants feverishly typed away on their keyboards. Routines,
classes, applets and applications flew by on their screens at incredible
speeds. Windows, dialogs, and other intricate graphics began forming
on their monitors. The clock showed that the contest would soon
be finished. Suddenly, a bolt of lightning flashed and the power
After a moment it came back on-just in time for the clock to announce
that at last, the competition was over. The judge asked the two contestants
to reveal their finished software. Mohammed
angrily said that he'd lost it all in the power outage. The judge turned
to the other competitor. Jesus
smiled, clicked a mouse and a dazzling application appeared on his screen.
After just a few moments, the judge was clearly impressed and declared
the victor. When asked what made the difference on which the
decision was made, the judge said that the unique characteristic which
set the winner apart from all the other leaders was that: . .