An atheist was taking a walk through the woods, admiring
all that the "accident of evolution" had created.
"What majestic trees! What powerful rivers! What beautiful
animals!" he said to himself.
As he was walking alongside the river he heard a rustling
in the bushes behind him. He turned to look. He saw a 7-foot
grizzly charge towards him. He ran as fast as he could up the
path. He looked over his shoulder and saw that the bear was
closing. He ran even faster, so scared that tears were coming
to his eyes. He looked over his shoulder again, and the bear
was even closer. His heart was pumping frantically and he tried
to run even faster. He tripped and fell on the ground. He rolled
over to pick himself up but saw the bear; right on top of him;
reaching for him with his left paw and raising his right paw
to strike him.
At that instant the Atheist cried out "Oh my God!"
Time stopped. The bear froze. The forest was silent. Even
the river stopped moving.
As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of
the sky, "You deny my existence for all of these years; teach
others I don't exist; and even credit creation to a cosmic accident.
Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament? Am I to
count you as a believer?"
The atheist looked directly into the light "It would be
hypocritical of me to suddenly ask You to treat me as Christian
now, but perhaps could you make the bear a Christian?"
"Very well," said the voice.
The light went out. The river ran again. And the sounds
of the forest resumed.
And then the bear dropped his right paw... brought both
paws together... bowed his head and spoke:
"Lord, for this food that I am about to receive, I am truly