One day a Ethiopian died and went to heaven. When he got to the pearly gates he stopped and asked St. Peter..." St. Peter, all my life I've wanted to know one thing and nobody has been able to give me the answer. " Saint Peter said, "Well, ask me. I'll probably be able to help you. "The Ethiopian said, "O.K. Am I white with Black stripes...or Black with white stripes?"
St. Peter scratched his head and answered......"Gee, I really don't know the answer to that one. Why don't you come on in and ask Jesus. He's just standing right over there. He'll know the answer."
So, the Ethiopian trotted over to Jesus and said, "Jesus, there's something that I've always wanted to know and now that I'm dead and in heaven, maybe you can answer my question." "I'll sure try," said Jesus. So the Ethiopian asked him the same question that he had asked St. Peter. "Am I white with Black stripes...or am I Black with white stripes?" Jesus stared at the ground for awhile, shrugged his shoulders and said, " I really don't know the answer to that one. Why don't you go over there and ask my Father. He will surely know the answer."
The Ethiopian trotted over to the throne that God was sitting on and approached God. "What do you want?" God asked. The Ethiopian asked his same question, "Am I white with Black stripes...or Black with white stripes?" and immediately God answered..."You are what you are!" in a booming voice, and waved him away.
The Ethiopian was more confused than ever and walked slowly back toward Jesus... shaking his head in disappointment. Jesus stopped him and said, "What did my Father say.?" The Ethiopian told him that God had said, "You are what you are!" and that he still didn't have an answer to his question. "Well!", said Jesus, "you do have your answer! You are white with Black stripes!" "How do you figure that?", questioned the Ethiopian , looking confused. Jesus replied, smiling, "It's easy. If you were Black with white stripes, He would have said, "You is what you is!"