Dissection of a joke

I saw this joke today. I’ve seen it before. It always irritates me. Let me dissect why:

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 9-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 and 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!’

Alright… it’s possible, but unlikely. I think anybody is more likely to cry out some expletive over “Oh my God”, and that goes triple for an atheist. But let’s play along for the sake of the joke…

Time Stopped.
The bear froze.
The forest was silent.

As a bright light shone upon them, 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.’

Most atheists are atheists because they do not wish to believe in things which they have no proof of. You don’t believe in Santa Claus, or the Easter Bunny, or the Tooth Fairy. Or God. Because there’s no reason to believe. They are just fictional characters created long ago by other men.

I doubt there’s an atheist alive who wouldn’t instantly believe if such extraordinary proof presented itself. Therefore, there would also be no hypocrisy involved. The joke revolves around the false supposition that atheists ignore evidence. But let’s go on…

‘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.’

…and the Christians chuckle, and some will think “he got what he deserved”.  Now I ask you, would anybody find the following story funny?

A Christian was walking through the woods.
‘What majestic trees!
‘What powerful rivers!
‘What beautiful animals!
He said to himself and to God.

As he was walking alongside the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him.
He turned to look. He saw a 9-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 and 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 Christian cried out, ‘Oh my God!’

The bear ate him.

I’m thinking “no”.

Well, OK, I know one person who will probably laugh at it…

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Comments

  • Pandu  On November 14, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    A smart atheist would’ve prayed for God to make the bear a Hare Krishna. Hare Krishna devotees don’t eat meat.

  • wolfger  On November 14, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Hmm… What’s worse? Being eaten alive, or being followed around by an 800 lb hairy hare krishna?

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