While he, the atheist was taking a walk through
the woods he was thinking to himself. What majestic trees! What powerful rivers! What beautiful animals.
As he continued walking alongside the river he
heard a rustling in the bushes. 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 saw that the bear was closing in on him. His heart was pumping frantically and he
tried to run even faster. He tripped and fell on the ground. He rolled over to pick himself up but saw the bear raising his
paw to take a swipe at him. At that instant the atheist cried out: "Oh my God!" … Time stopped. The bear froze. The
forest was silent.
It was then that a bright light shone upon the
man and a voice came out 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 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," said the voice. The light went out. And the sounds of the forest resumed. And then the bear lowered his paw, bowed
his head and spoke: "Lord, bless this food which I am about to receive and for which I am truly thankful."