An atheist was taking a walk through
the woods, admiring all that the "accident of evolution" had
"What majestic trees! What powerful rivers! What beautiful
animals!" he said to himself.
As he walked alongside the river he heard a rustling in the bushes
behind him. As he turned to look, he saw a seven-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 tried to run 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 as he tried to
run even faster, but he tripped and fell on the ground. He rolled
over to pick himself up and saw the bear right on top of him
raising his paw to kill him.
At that instant he cried out "Oh
Just then, time stopped. The bear
froze; the forest was silent; the river even stopped moving. A
bright light shone upon the man, and a voice came out of the sky
"You deny my existence all of these years; teach others I don't
exist; even credit my creation to a cosmic accident, and now do you
expect me to help you out of this predicament? Am I to count you as
The atheist, ever so proud, looked into the light and said,
"It would be rather hypocritical to ask to be a Christian after
all these years, but could you make the bear a Christian?"
"Very well," said the voice.
As the light went out, the river ran, and the sounds of the forest
continued, the bear put his paw down. The bear then brought both
paws together, bowed his head and said:
"Lord, I thank you for this food, which I am about to
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