there was an atheist who also happened to be a nature lover, and a photographer. One day he was in a pristine and beautiful forest. The air smelled of water, and ferns, and was moist and cool, with the sun splashing though a canopy of leaves that crowned old growth maple, oaks, and birch trees. Sounds of songbirds filled the air, as did the splashing water of a nearby stream.
The man saw a beautiful elk in the distance. He adjusted his camera on its tripod and prepared to set the camera settings for a perfect shot. As he adjusted the camera dials, the blissful scene was shattered by a great crashing sound behind him. He turned in time to see a huge black bear coming at him like a locomotive. In his hast to run, he sent his camera sprawling onto the ground. The man ran for his life; but the bear ran faster. To his surprise, he was able to increase his speed. He looked back and saw that the animal was still gaining. Adrenaline kicked in, providing a charge of energy that made his legs churn even faster.
The atheist fairly flew across the forest floor. He looked back again. The bear was almost upon him. And then he tripped and found himself spraling on his back. He looked at the great beast that towered over him like the angel of death. As the animal raise one huge paw to deliver a killing blow, the man quickly mouthed "Oh God, don't let him kill me."
Everything stopped. The world became still, frozen in time. There was no sound, not movement. Then, a great voice filled the forest and said; "You have been denying me for all of your mortal existance, and at your time of death, you seek to plead with me."
The man was dumbfounded for an instant, then said; "God, if that's who you are, you are right. At my moment of death, it would be hypocritical of me to cry out for your help, rather than face my doom. But, I would ask one favor, not for myself, but for the great bear that hovers over me.."
"And what is your favor, unbeliever?"
"If I am not worthy to be called - Christian, then for this day, at this time, let the bear take upon himself that Christian belief."
"I will grant you this one favor, unbeliever."
The world became animated once more. To his amazement, the bear backed away a step and stood on its hind legs. It lowered its deadly pause and said; "Thank you father for your bounty. Please bless this food that I am about to eat."
Seeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North