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 & saw that the bear was closing In on him.

He  looked over his shoulder again, & the bear was even closer. He tripped  & fell on the ground.

He rolled over to pick himself up but saw that the  bear was right on top of him, reaching for him with his left paw & raising  his right paw to strike him.

At that instant the Atheist cried out, "Oh my  God!"

Time  Stopped.

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 these years, teach others I don't exist and even credit  creation to 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 You could make  the BEAR a Christian"?

"Very  Well," said the voice.

The  light went out. The sounds of the forest resumed.
And the bear dropped his  right paw, brought both paws together, bowed his head & spoke:

"Lord  bless this food, which I am about to receive from thy bounty through Christ  our Lord, Amen."

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