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Conversion Story

September 26th, 2011, Promulgated by Hopefull

An ATHEIST was walking through the woods.


‘What majestic mountains!

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 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 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.’



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