The Religious Man and the Atheist

A very religious man lived right next door to an atheist. While the
religious one prayed day in, day out, and was constantly on his knees
in communion with his Lord, the atheist never even looked twice at a

However, the atheists life was good, he had a well-paying job and a
beautiful wife, and his children were healthy and good-natured,
whereas the pious mans job was strenuous and his wages were low, his
wife was getting fatter every day and his kids wouldnt give him the
time of the day.

So one day, deep in prayer as usual, he raised his eyes towards heaven
and asked, Oh God, I honour you every day, I ask your advice for
every problem and confess to you my every sin. Yet my neighbour, who
doesnt even believe in you and certainly never prays, seems blessed
with every happiness, while I go poor and suffer many an indignity.
Why is this?

And a great voice was heard from above, Because he doesnt bother me
all the time!

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