An Atheist in the Woods
An atheist was walking through the woods one day, admiring all that
evolution had created. “What majestic trees! What a powerful river!
What beautiful animals!” he said to himself.
As he was walking alongside the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes
behind him. Turning to look, he saw a 8 foot grizzly bear beginning to
charge towards him.
He ran as fast as he could down the path. He looked over his shoulder
and saw that the bear was rapidly closing on him. Somehow, he ran even
faster, so scared that tears came to his eyes.
He looked again and the bear was even closer. His heart pounding in his
chest, he tried to run faster yet. But alas, he tripped and fell to the ground.
As he rolled over to pick himself up, the bear was right over him, reaching
for him with its left paw and raising its right paw to strike him.
“OH, MY GOD! …”
The bear froze.
The forest was silent.
Even the river stopped moving.
As a brilliant light shone upon the man, a thunderous voice came from all
“You Deny My Existence For All These Years, Teach Others That I Don’t
Exist; And Even Credit Creation To Some Cosmic Accident. Do You Expect
Me To Help You Out Of This Predicament? Am I To Count You As A
Difficult as it was, the atheist looked directly into the light and said, “It would
be hypocritical to ask to be a Christian after all these years, but perhaps you
could make the bear a Christian?”
“Very Well,” said The Voice.
The light went out.
The river ran.
The sounds of the forest resumed.
. . . . and the bear dropped down on his knees, brought both paws together,
bowed his head and spoke:
“Lord, thank you for this food which I am about to receive.”