An atheist was walking through the woods, admiring all the "accidents" that 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. Turning to look he saw a 7-foot grizzly bear charge towards him. He ran as fast as he could
up the path. He looked over his shoulder and saw the grizzly was closing. Somehow he ran even faster, so scared that tears
came to his eyes. He looked again and the bear was even closer.
His heart was pounding and he tried to run faster. He
tripped and fell to the ground. He rolled over to pick himself up but the bear was right over him, reaching for him with its
left paw and raising its right paw to strike him. At that instant the atheist cried out, "Oh my God!..."
The forest was silent.
Even the river stopped flowing.
As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of the sky, "You
deny My existence for all these years, teach others that I don't exist, and even credit creation to a cosmic accident. And
now 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 and said, "I agree, it would be hypocritical to ask to be a Christian after all these years, but perhaps You could make
the bear a Christian?"
"Very well." said the voice. The light went out. The river ran. The sounds of the forest
And then the bear dropped his right paw, brought both paws together and bowed its head and spoke:
"Lord, for this food which
I am about to receive, I am truly grateful...