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Gwenda
23-06-06, 16:54
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 and saw a 7-foot grizzly charging towards him. He ran as fast as he could but, looking over his shoulder, he saw that the bear was closing in on him. He tripped and fell, rolled over to pick himself up, but saw that the bear was right on top of him, reaching for him with his left paw and 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 and cried: "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 and spoke:

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