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
to 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!...."
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 a Christian
now, but perhaps could you make the bear a Christian?"
"Very well," the voice said.
The light went out.
The river ran again.
And the sounds of the forest resumed.
And then the bear dropped its right paw......brought both paws
together......bowed its head and spoke: "Lord, for this food which
I am about to receive, I am truly thankful.