By Paulo Coelho
According to a traditional story, at the moment
when the Son of God expired on the cross, He went
straight to Hell in order to save sinners.
The Devil was most put out.
`I have no other function in the universe,' he said.
`From now on, all the delinquents who broke the rules,
committed adultery and infringed the religious laws
will be sent straight to Heaven!'
Jesus looked at him and smiled:
`Don't worry,' he said to the poor Devil. `All those
who judge themselves to be full of virtue and therefore
spend their lives condemning those who follow my word,
they will come here. Just wait a few hundred years and
you'll find that Hell is fuller than ever!'