An atheist was walking through the woods.
"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. He turned to
look. He saw a 7 foot grizzly charge towards him.
He ran as fast as he could up the path. He looked
over his shoulder and saw that the bear was closing
in on him. He looked over his shoulder again, and
the bear was even closer.
He tripped and fell on 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.
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 this predicament? Am I to count you as a
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?"
Said the voice.
The light went out.
The sounds of the forest resumed.
Then the bear dropped his right paw, brought
both paws together, bowed his head and spoke:
"Lord, bless this food, which I am about to
receive from thy bounty
through Christ our Lord.