- posted at the request of an anonymous TW -

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 fores t 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."