The Atheist and the Bear (a Modern Fable)

An atheist was walking through the woods, exclaiming aloud at the beauty of nature.
"What majestic trees!"
"What powerful rivers!"
"What beautiful animals!"

As he was walking alongside the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. He turned to look . . . and saw a 7-foot grizzly bear charge toward him.

He ran as fast as he could up the path. He looked over his shoulder and saw that the bear was closing in on him.

He looked over his shoulder again, and the bear was even closer. He tripped and 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 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 booming 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 as! k 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 from thy bounty through Christ our Lord. Amen."

6 comments:

Gwyneth Bolton said...

That was a funny one, Bettye! LOL.

Gwyneth

Patricia W. said...

You know I'm cracking up! Thanks for a good laugh.

shelia said...

"Lord bless this food, which I am about to receive from thy bounty .."

ROFL...this was a good one.

bettye griffin said...

Glad y'all liked it!

Mel said...

LOL. I might send that one to my dad with your permission. He's a pastor.

bettye griffin said...

Sure, Mel, go ahead. Someone sent it to me, and I wanted to share it with everyone who reads my blog.