I think the man in the following story
had a different perspective than God.
Sometimes it helps to make sure that
the words we speak, and the intentions
we seek, align with the perspective
of the other person.
We are more likely to get the things and
outcomes we want in life when we
understand that words can be interpreted
different ways by different people. I
would suggest that this perspective allows
for flexible, and quite likely more
Too bad this guy didn't seem to know that.
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 bear
charge toward 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!"
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 forest 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."