Atheist and the Bear
atheist was taking a walk through the woods,
admiring all that the "accident of evolution"
What majestic trees!
What powerful rivers!
What beautiful animals, he said to himself.
As he was walking alongside the
he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him.
He turned to look.
He saw a 7-foot grizzly charge toward him.
He ran as fast as he could up the
He looked over his shoulder and saw
that the bear was closer.
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
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
you could make the bear a Christian?"
"Very well," said the voice.
The light went out.
The river ran again.
And the sounds of the forest returned.
And then the bear dropped his right
brought both paws together...
bowed his head and spoke:
"Lord, for this food,
which I am about to receive,
I am truly thankful,