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 walked alongside the river he heard a rustling in
the bushes behind him. He turned to look, just in time to see a 7-foot
grizzly charge towards him. He ran as fast as he could up the path.
He looked over his shoulder & saw the bear closing in on him. He tried
to run 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 as he tried to run even
faster, but he tripped and fell on the ground. He rolled over to pick
himself up and saw the bear right on top of him raising his paw to kill
At that instant, he cried out, "Oh my God!"
Just then, time stopped... The bear froze; the forest
was silent; even the river stopped moving. A bright light shone upon
the man, and a voice came out of the sky, saying, "You deny My existence
all of these years; teach others I don't exist; even credit My creation
to a cosmic accident, and now do you expect Me to help you out of this
predicament? Am I to count you as a believer?"
The atheist, ever so proud, looked into the light and
said, "It would be rather hypocritical to ask to be a Christian after
all these years. But could you make the bear a Christian?"
"Very well," said the voice.
As the light went out, the river ran, the sounds of the
forest continued, and the bear put his paw down. The man breathed a
sigh of relief. Then the bear brought both paws together, bowed his
head and said: "Lord, I thank you for this food, which I am about to