About a century or two ago, the a religious community head decided that all the other community members had to leave the city. Naturally there was a big uproar from the community.
So the head made a deal. He would have a religious debate with a member of the other community. If the they won, they could stay. If the he won, they would leave.
The other community members realized that they had no choice. So they picked a middle aged man to represent them. The middle aged man asked for one addition to the debate. To make it more interesting, neither side would be allowed to talk. The head agreed to which.
The day of the great debate came. The middle aged man and the community head sat opposite each other for a full minute before the community head raised his hand and showed three fingers. The middle aged man looked back at him and raised one finger. The head waved his fingers in a circle around his head. The middle aged man pointed to the ground where he sat. The head pulled out a wafer and a glass of wine. The middle aged man pulled out an apple. The head stood up and said, “I give up. This man is too good. They can stay.”
An hour later, the cardinals were all around the head asking him what happened. He said, “First I held up three fingers to represent the Trinity. He responded by holding up one finger to remind me that there was still one God common to both our religions. Then I waved my finger around me to show him that God was all around us. He responded by pointing to the ground and showing that God was also right here with us. I pulled out the wine and the wafer to show that God absolves us from our sins. He pulled out an apple to remind me of original sin. He had an answer for everything. What could I do?”
Meanwhile, the other community had crowded around middle aged man.
“What happened?” they asked.
“Well,” said the middle aged man, “First he said to me that the we had three days to get out of here. I told him that not one of us was leaving. Then he told me that this whole city would be cleared of. I let him know that we were staying right here.”
“And then?” asked a woman.
“I don’t know,” said the middle aged man. “He took out his lunch and I took out mine.”