The Bear and the Atheist

An atheist was walking through the woods. "What majestic trees! What powerful rivers! What beautiful animals!" he said to himself. Suddenly he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him and he turned to see a 7 foot grizzly charging towards him.

He ran as fast as he could up the path. But when he looked over his shoulder he saw the bear was closing in on him fast. He tripped and fell on the ground and in a moment the bear was right on top of him, 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.

A bright light shone upon the man and 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 believer?"

The atheist looked directly into the light and said, "Well I don't really like the whole Christianity thing and I don't really want to become a Christian, 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 then the bear dropped his right paw, brought both paws together and bowed his head and spoke: "Lord, bless this food, which I am about to receive from thy bounty through Christ our Lord, Amen."

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