When choosing between God and Santa Claus, a rational child would go with the fat guy in the red suit every time. Let's look at the evidence.
1) About a month before Christmas, he shows up to take your order. You actually get to see him. Visible guy? Check. Invisible guy? Uh, how could you tell?
2) On Christmas morning, you wake up and discover a pile of neat stuff under the freshly slaughtered tree in the corner. This happens year after year, regular as clockwork. Santa Claus has a clear advantage over God. He delivers, reliably, on a stated schedule. Loot, on schedule, where promised. Check. Prayer? Maybe, maybe not, and don't expect delivery by a particular date.
If I were hiring a contractor based on reliability, Santa'd be the preferred provider.
Dale Austin, May, 2006
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