An atheist was taking a walk through the woods. "What majestic trees!
powerful rivers! What beautiful animals!" he said to himself. As he
continued walking alongside the river he heard a rustling in the
Turning to look, he saw a 7 foot grizzly charging towards him.
He ran as fast as he could up the path. Looking over his shoulder he
that the bear was closing in on him. His heart was pumping frantically
he tried to run even faster. He tripped and fell on the ground. He
over to pick himself up but saw the bear raising his paw to take a
him. At that instant the atheist cried out: "Oh my God..."
The bear froze.
The forest was silent.
It was then that a bright light shone down upon the man and a voice
of the sky saying: "You deny my existence for all of these years, teach
others I don't exist, and even credit creation to a cosmic accident. Do
expect me to help you out of this predicament? Am I to count you as a
The atheist looked directly into the light, "It would be hypocritical
to suddenly ask you to treat me as a Christian now, but perhaps, could
make the BEAR a Christian?"
"Very well," said the voice.
The light went out. And the sounds of the forest resumed.
Then the bear lowered his paw, bowed his head and spoke: "Lord, bless
food which I am about to receive and for which I am truly thankful.