An atheist was taking a walk through the woods, admiring all that
the "accident of evolution" had created. "What beautiful animals!"
he said to himself.
As he walked alongside the river, he heard a
rustling in the bushes behind him. He turned to look. He saw a
7-foot grizzly bear charging toward him. He ran as fast as he could
up the path. He looked over his shoulder and saw that the bear
was closing in. He ran even faster, so scared that tears were
coming to his eyes.
Looking over his shoulder again and the bear was even closer.
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, right on top
of him, reaching for him with his left paw and raising his right paw
to strike. At that instant the atheist cried out, without thinking,
"Oh my God!..."
The bear froze. The forest was silent. Even the river stopped
moving. 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 now count you as a believer?"
The atheist looked directly into the light and answered,
"It would be hypocritical for me to be a Christian after all
these years; but, perhaps, you could make the bear a
"Very well," said the voice. The light went out. The River
ran again. The sounds of the forest resumed. And then the
bear dropped his right paw...brought both paws together.......
bowed his head and spoke: "Lord, for this food which
I am about to receive, I am truly thankful."