A young man who had been raised as an atheist was training to be an Olympic diver. The only religious influence in his life came from his outspoken Christian friend. The young diver never really paid much attention to his friend’s sermons, but he heard them often.
One night the diver went to the indoor pool at the college he attended. The lights were all off, but as the pool had big skylights and the moon was bright, there was plenty of light to practice by.
The young man climbed up to the highest diving board and as he turned his back to the pool on the edge of the board and extended his arms out, he saw his shadow on the wall. The shadow of his body was in the shape of a cross. Instead of diving, he knelt down and finally asked God to come into his life.
As the young man stood, a maintenance man walked in and turned the lights on. The pool had been drained for repairs.
An atheist was taking a walk through the woods, admiring all that the “accident of evolution” had created.
“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 and saw a grizzly bear charging towards him. He ran as fast as he could up the path. He looked over his shoulder and saw that the bear was closing in. He ran even faster, so scared that tears were coming to his eyes. He looked over his shoulder again, and the bear was even closer. His heart was pumping frantically and he tried to run even faster. Suddenly, he tripped and fell on the ground. Rolling over to pick himself up he saw the bear, 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! . . . “
The bear froze.
The forest was silent.
Even the river stopped moving.
A bright light shone upon the man, as 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.
“It would be hypocritical to ask to be a Christian after all these years, but perhaps, could you make the bear a Christian?”
“Very well,” said the voice.The light went out.
The river ran again.
The sounds of the forest resumed.
Then the bear dropped his right paw . . . brought both paws together . . . bowed his head and spoke:
“Lord, for this food which I am about to receive, I am truly thankful.