A priest, a minister and a rabbi all died at the same time and met at the
Pearly Gates. St. Peter stood before the locked gates and looked upon them
sternly. "I have been reviewing your lives," St. Peter began, "You've all
done a remarkable job leading exemplary lives. However, before I can allow
any of you to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, you each must answer one ques-
tion." Peter turned towards the priest, "Father, when does life begin?"
The priest proudly replied, "At the moment of conception!" Consulting his
answer sheet, St. Peter said, "You've answered according to your faith.
You may now enter the Kingdom of Heaven." As the priest disappeared through
the Pearly Gates, St. Peter turned to the minister. "When does life begin?"
The minister, without hesitation proclaimed, "When the head leaves the birth
canal!" Peter once again checked his list, saying, "You've answered accord-
ing to your faith. You may now enter the Kingdom of Heaven." As the minister
disappeared through the Pearly Gates, St. Peter turned to the rabbi. "So,
Rabbi, when does life begin?" The rabbi thought carefully, stroked his
beard, and replied, "When the dog dies and the kids leave home."