An atheist was taking a walk through the woods, admiring all that
the "accident of evolution" had created. "What majestic trees!
What a powerful river! What beautiful animals!" he said to
As he walked alongside the river he heard a rustling in the
bushes behind him. He turned to look and saw a 7-foot grizzly
charging 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 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
faster still. 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 the left paw and raising his right paw to
At that instant the atheist cried out "Oh my God, please help
Suddenly, time stopped. The bear froze in motion. The forest was
ever so silent. Even the river ceased to move. A brilliant ray of
light emerged from the sky and shone upon the man. A powerful
voice spoke to him,
"You have denied my existence for all of these years; you teach
others that I do not exist and you credit creation to a cosmic
accident. Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament?
Am I to count you now as a believer?"
The atheist blinked directly into the light "It would be
hypocritical of me to convert to a Christian after all these
years, but could you instead make the bear a Christian?"
"Very well," said the voice from above. The bright light
disappeared. All of a sudden, life resumed around the man. The
river ran again. The forest became alive once more with the
gentle sounds of nature.
The bear stirred. Slowly, he lowered his right paw, brought both
paws together, bowed his head and graciously spoke:
"Lord, for this food which I am about to receive, I am truly