The Atheist & The Shark
There is this atheist swimming in the ocean. All of a sudden he sees this shark in the water, so he starts swimming towards his boat. As he looks back he sees the shark turn and head towards him. His boat is a ways off and he starts swimming like crazy. He's scared to death, and as he turns to see the jaws of the great white beast open revealing its teeth in a horrific splendor, the atheist screams, "Oh God! Save me!"
In an instant time is frozen and a bright light shines down from above. The man is motionless in the water when he hears the voice of God say, "You are an atheist. Why do you call upon me when you do not believe in me?"
Aghast with confusion and knowing he can't lie, the man replies, "Well, that's true I don't believe in YOU, but how about the shark? Can you make the shark believe in you?"
The Lord replies, "As you wish," and the light is retracted back into the heavens and the man could feel the water begin to move once again.
As the atheist looks back he can see the jaws of the shark start to close down on him, when all of sudden the shark stops and pulls back. Shocked, the man looks at the shark as the huge beast closes its eyes, bows its head and says, "Thank you, Lord, for this food for which I am about to receive..."
Funny story. I understand this is meant to be a light-hearted anecdote. However, I always remind believers of the slippery slope we risk sliding down when we make these claims. Believers and non-believers are attacked by sharks in equal measure according to the normal and scientific laws of probability. Believers and non-believers are raped, murdered and victimized by natural disasters in equal measure. So to credit God for a believer escaping unpleasantness and claiming a non-believer is getting what they deserve because of God is not beneficial. For then we must ask, "Why does the believer die in a tragic accident and the non-believer walk away. Why does the believer die from the cancer when the non-believer's cancer went into remmission?" One must not try to put human thought and logic on the things of God as it is a fool's errand and they will be left with a weakened faith. Peace to you all.
OK I have to share this one with my church members!
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