The rules are simple: without saying a single word, the contestants must argue their faith until one concedes. Among the Jewish citizens, only one old man steps forward to compete.
The priest and the old man take the stage before a crowd, and the contest begins.
The priest raises his finger and waves it around his head in a big circle, and the old man shakes his head and points to the ground. The priest responds by raising three fingers; once again, the old man shakes his head, this time raising only one finger. The priest then pulls a fish and a loaf of bread from a basket at his feet, holding them out for the old man to see; again, the old man shakes his head, pulling an apple out of his pocket and pointing at it.
Finally, the priest admits defeat and leaves the stage–his followers, mouths agape, swarm him as he leaves, demanding to know what happened.
“The man has an answer for everything!” he replied, wiping his brow, “I waved my hand and told him, ‘God is everywhere.’ And he pointed below, and told me ‘No, He is not in Hell!’.
“So I held up my three fingers, to represent the Trinity. And he held up his one finger, to remind us God unites us all as one!
“Finally, I showed him the bread and fish, to remind him of the miracle of multiplying performed by our Savior. He pulled out an apple, to remind me of the original sin that binds all men of Earth. I couldn’t stump him!”
On the other side of the stage, the Jewish people were also questioning their champion, asking how he could have so cleverly beaten the priest’s game.
“Well,” he said, “first, he waved his arm, and told me ‘ALL Jews must leave this place!’ and I pointed and told him, ‘No, we are staying right here!’
“Then, he raised three fingers ans told me, ‘You all have three days to leave!’ And I raised my one, to tell him, ‘Not ONE of us will be leaving!’
“And then, well, I think he got confused, because he offered me some of his lunch and I showed him I had my own, thanks.”