The Awful Burden of the Unsolved Riddles of Existence

Questioning everything is one of the most natural things in the world.  Think about it, where would we be today as human beings if we never questioned anything.  No one would’ve learned anything and we would probably all be dead.  A very notable concept is, “What came first, the chicken or the egg?”.  This riddle will either never be answered or will be solved somewhere in the future.  Lying can only lead to someone getting hurt.  Parents are always teaching their kids not to lie because it brings out the bad in someone.  Because our parents do this, we often ask ourselves, should we ever lie.  Another question that has probably been asked by everyone, “Is there a Heaven for us to go to once we pass on?”.  Everyone wants a second life when they pass away.  People want to know they’ll be safe when they’re life comes to an end.  None of these riddles can be solved because there is no evidence yet.

As a personal chicken owner, I get asked a lot if the chicken came before the egg or vice versa.  Truly I don’t know the answer and I always tell the person that.  Anytime I think about it, I think that the chicken came first, but then I realize that the chicken came from the egg and the egg from the chicken.  Causing this never-ending circle of confusion and grief.

No one ever wants to be lied to.  So, is it ok to lie to someone else, ever?  Parents teach us not to lie because it is bad.  Throughout your lifetime, you lie and get lied to thousands if not millions of times.  Why do people do it?  They do it to make others feel good or make themselves feel good.  But does lying actually make you feel good?  It shouldn’t because you’re filling your head with false information.  Even though lying is usually bad, it can be good in some ways.  A few popular ways to use a lie in a good matter is to get someone to a surprise birthday party or telling your kid that there’s a Santa or an Easter bunny.

Heaven is believed to be a peaceful resting place for us when we die.  Just about everyone wants to know if there is a heaven.  There’s no way in knowing until we die.  We just have to have faith and do good things on or planet earth so that if there is true heaven then we will be excepted in.  We can’t focus on our sins because God says he will forgive us.  Instead, we should focus that energy on doing good for the poor in spirit and have faith that there is a heaven.

God has given us reasons to live.  We shouldn’t focus all of our time and energy on questions that have no real answers.  All of these questions can cause people to get angry at themselves and others because they don’t understand what’s being asked.  Everyone shouldn’t focus on the unsolvable riddles but focus on the life and gifts that God has given them.

Signs of Intelligence in the Bible-Part 2

  • 2 examples of the importance and/or value of musical intelligence
  • 3 people who are word smart
  • 2 people who use logical intelligence
  • 2 people whose understanding of Jesus is rooted in the intelligence of relationships
  • 1 person who is self smart
  • 3 passages that rely on spatial intelligence
  • 1 person who uses physical intelligence to understand Jesus.



  • 2 examples of the importance and/or value of musical intelligence are in 1 Samuel 16:23 including David when he played music to calm Saul, and in 2 Chronicles 5:11-14  when the people gather in church and join each other in song and music to praise the Lord.


  • 3 people who are word smart are Aaron the Levite in Exodus 4:10-17, who was sent by God to be the voice of others, the Lord Himself in Exodus 4:10-17 getting mad at Moses for questioning him in set B, and lastly, Mary who sits and listens to the words of Jesus to understand him in John 11:5-6.


  • 2 people who use logical intelligence are Moses’s father-in-law in Exodus 18:13-27, and Paul in Romans 7:14-23 in set G.


  • 2 people whose understanding of Jesus is rooted in the intelligence of relationships are Martha in John 11:5-6 , who believed that if Jesus stayed her brother wouldn’t have died.  Another person is Thomas in John 11:16, who’s intelligence for relationships was displayed when he suggested that all the disciples go with Jesus to be crucified in set E.


  • 1 person who is self smart is Mary in Luke 10:38-42 in set A, and Paul in Romans 7:14-23.  Paul displays intrapersonal intelligence through his seemingly expansive understanding of his own self, his inner conflict, the knowledge of how the law affects him personally, and of how what he wants to do in life sometimes conflicts with the law.


  • 3 passages that prove spatial intelligence are in Acts 8:26-38 with Philip traveling and seeing the spaces conceptualized by his spatial intelligence. In set B,  Luke 5:4-11 on Peter’s boat in set F, and Matthew 14:24-33 also in set F.  


  • 1 person who uses physical intelligence to understand Jesus is Thomas from John 20:24-29 in Set E.  Physical intelligence meaning how Jesus had marks on his hands, feet, and side.

Signs of Intelligence in the Bible-Part 1

Question set A

Luke 10:38-42 

 Summary:      Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying.  Mary sat listening to the Lord while Martha (Mary’s sister) did work. Martha wanted Mary’s help to do the jobs, but she was listening to Jesus.  Martha asked Jesus to tell Mary to help her do her work but Jesus tells her that Mary chose the best choice, to listen to Jesus.

Answer:    Mary sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying.

John 11:5-6  

Summary:    Lazarus grows ill and Jesus stays with him for 2 days while Mary and Martha leave.    Answer:    Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus and when he found out that Lazarus was ill he stayed for 2 days because he didn’t want to be left alone. 

John 11:5-6  

SummaryMartha went to see Jesus and Mary stayed home, and was then upset with Jesus because Lazarus had died.         Answer: Martha’s faith in the lord is based on her relationship with Jesus because she believes that if Jesus was with her brother he wouldn’t have died, and she had faith that if he stayed he wouldn’t have died.  Lazarus dies and Martha believes if Jesus stayed, he would still be alive.


Set B

Exodus 4:10-17

Summary: Moses talks to the Lord telling him that he is slow in speech and tongue with the lord responding that he shall be his mouth and tell Moses what to say.  Moses didn’t believe he could do this so he asked the lord if he could send somebody else, this angered the Lord and the Lord asked him if he should send his brother Aaron and why Moses shall be the mouth.

Answer:  Aaron’s role in this passage was to be the voice of others, Aaron the Levite is a fluent speaker who spoke for Moses.


Acts 8:26-38

Summary:  An Angel from the lord comes and talks to Phillip and the Angel tells him to go south to the road that goes from Jerusalem to Gaza.  Phillip went thereafter he had been talked to. Meanwhile, there was an Ethiopian eunuch, who was in charge of the Ethiopian queen’s entire treasury who came on a chariot to speak the prophet of Isaya to the queen. Then the spirit tells Philip to join the man sat on the chariot.  He does and asks if he understands what he is reading. He responded with “How can I unless someone guides me.” and invited Philip to sit beside him. They continued to read the prophet. Philip tells him about Jesus and they went along the road and find water that prevents him from being baptized so Philip baptizes him.

Answer:  The two people in this story are Philip and Ethiopian eunuch. The eunuch was baptized because Jesus was allowing him to. 

Set C

1 Samuel 16:23 

  Summary:  Whenever the evil spirit came upon Saul, David played the lyre to calm him.  

Who calms Saul and how?

Answer:  David calms Saul by playing the lyre.

2 Chronicles 5:11-14

Summary:  Priests and musicians gathered to share in the art of music to show their faith in alternative means

Answer:  Before the presence of God fills the temple, the people all gather in song and prayer together to show the Lord their devotion and faith. 

Set D

John 1:3-9 – Jesus is described as the beginning of life and all-new creation. Without him, nothing would have been created. There would be no light to overcome the darkness.  John was sent by God to prove to people that Jesus is true.


Mark 13:24-27 – Jesus describes the world in chaos, with the sun going dark. Then said he would come in his glory, and bring light back to the world. If you are in the dark, Jesus can bring the light back. 


Ezekiel 1: 4-28 – Ezekiel uses images to help understand God.  Ezekiel explained what he saw. He told about the four creatures,  that they had four different heads, and they had 2 wings each. He said they walked in a line with their wings touching and went with the spirit, never turning. Ezekiel also explained about the clouds and wind the creatures were surrounded by.

 Summary John – John is telling us if we didn’t have God that the world would have not been created and there would be no creation. There would be no light and no darknesses just plain old nothing.


Summary Mark-Mark is telling us if we need light look to God because he is the glory and the light of our sky which will shine if you want God to make the place bright.


Summary Ezekiel- Ezekiel is telling what creatures may have God created. The answer is God created every living thing and owns everything in the world.


Set E

Exodus 18:13-27 

Summary:  People came to Moses to inquire about God. When they have a dispute, they come to me and I decide between one person or another and I make known to them the statutes and instructions of God. His father-in-law helped him.


What is Moses’ problem?

  • Moses’ problem is that he can’t inquire people about God by himself, so he needs help from other people.

Who helps him solve it in a logical step by step way?

  • Moses’s father-in-law helps him solve it this way.


John 11:16

Summary:  Thomas said to his disciples `Let us also go, that we may die with him.’


Who has a very matter-of-fact attitude?

  • Thomas has an attitude like that.

What does he say?

  • Thomas says, ‘Let us also go, that we may die with him’.


John 20:24-29

Summary:  Thomas wasn’t with his fellow disciples when Jesus came to them.  When they told Thomas about it, he didn’t believe them. Thomas said that he would have to see Jesus in his own eyes, touch his hands and his side to believe.  Jesus appeared in front of him, and Thomas believed.  



Whose need for proof does Jesus understand and accept?

  • Thomas’s need for proof was understood and accepted by Jesus. 


Set F 

Luke 5:4-11

When does Peter first begin to understand Jesus? 

Answer: Peter started to understand Jesus when Simon and Peter pulled the nets full of fish into the boat and the boat started sinking.  Peter fell to his knees, saying that Jesus shouldn’t help him because he had sinned. Jesus said to Peter that he was forgiven and that He can teach them about His forgiveness. 

Summary: The reading is taken from the well-known story of    

Matthew 14:24-33 

What does Peter do when he sees Jesus? 

Jesus appeared to the disciples and said, “Take heart, it is I, do not be afraid”  Peter then answered Jesus and said, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water”. Peter did not react the same way as the other disciples that saw and feared Jesus.  Instead, Peter answered Jesus’ question and said, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” Jesus then said, “Come.” As Peter got out of the boat, he then started walking on the water and came towards Jesus. While Peter was walking towards Jesus, Peter noticed a strong wind, and began to sink he then cried out to Jesus, “Lord save me!” Jesus then immediately reached out his hand and caught him. Jesus then said “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”. When Peter sees Jesus he answers and follows him out onto the water. 

Matthew 17:1-8 

What does Peter suggest in this passage? 

Peter suggests that these mountains are a great place to be, so he says he can make three dwellings for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah.  Peter suggests that these mountains are a great place because the sun lights up Jesus’ face like lanterns, and Jesus talks to them shortly after his clothes became dazzling white.

John 13:3-10

What does Jesus do?  How does Peter respond?

This passage is from the time around Jesus’ Passion.  Holy Thursday; when Jesus and His disciples are having the Last Supper in the upper room.  Jesus presents himself to his disciples as a servant and washes their feet in a basin. When Jesus offers to clean him, Peter responds in a stubborn manner, stating that unless Peter washes Jesus’ feet, Jesus can have no share with him.  Simon Peter continues to say that if Jesus is to clean His disciples, He should not only wash his feet but also his hands and his head.

Based on these passages, which of the intelligences does Peter often use to understand and respond to Jesus?

Based on these passages, I can infer that Peter responds to Jesus with interpersonal intelligence.  Interpersonal intelligence is knowledge derived from social interaction and relationships with other people.  In the first passage, Peter displays great humility, but Jesus forgave Peter and offered to teach Peter of his great forgiveness.  This tells us that Peter knows Jesus would have some form of response to his actions, thus further confirming his knowledge of interpersonal intelligence.  Passage two further develops Peter’s responses to Jesus. We read of Peter’s response to Jesus’ pleas for him to come out onto the water with him. Peter comes as Jesus commands him.  In passage three, Peter recognizes the presence of others and offers to make dwellings for them. Passage four shows another act of Peter’s humility, telling Jesus that his feet, hands, and head all need to be washed to really be clean.



Set G

Romans 7:14-23

Who does Paul talk about as he tries to explain law and grace?


1 Corinthians 2:7 – 10

Question:  What does Paul say helped reveal the power and the Spirit?

Answer:   Paul revealed the power and the spirit by going to the people and saying to them that he decided to know nothing among the people except Jesus Christ, and he was crucified.  He then tells them his speech was not with plausible words of wisdom but with a demonstration of the Spirit and power.  So that faith is within the power of God.

Summary: Paul went to the people and told them that he decided to know nothing among the people except Jesus Christ, and he was crucified.  He then tells them his speech was not with plausible words of wisdom but with a demonstration of the Spirit and power. So that faith is within the power of God.

2 Corinthians 12: 7-10

Fill in the blanks: Paul understands that in his _____ that God has given him is visible.


Response: Paul understands that in his weakness, the power that God has given him is visible.

Summary: The thorn sent by Satan to Paul is meant to bring out his weakness; weakness being the state in which power is perfected, as stated by God in the passage.

Commandments of the Church

In addition to the Ten Commandments, there are 5 other Commandments of the Church.  These Commandments are considered to be binding on the faithful.  All 5 of the Commandments are similar to the other 10.  They are all expectations to followers of the Catholic Church.  These are all the Lord’s expectations of us.  The First Commandment says that we shall attend Mass on Sundays and holy days and rest from our work.  Each Commandment makes us a better person if we follow them.  It’s important for us to embrace what the  Lord wants from us.

Meeting Father Joy

Father Joy came to our class today and told us a little bit about himself.  He is the youngest of four brothers and a sister.  When he was in grade 10, he told his parents that he wanted to become a priest.  They thought that maybe he was joking, so they told him to finish his last two years of school, then he could think about it.  When he finished his grade twelve year of high school, he asked his sister, who is a nun, to give him a list of places where he could interview to become a priest.  He didn’t tell his parents beforehand because he was scared that his parents would tell him to go to college and finish there.  After he was selected to become a priest, he told his parents and they supported him.  Father was transferred from India to Edmonton where he worked at St. Theresa Parish.  He worked there before being transferred to Vermilion where he is working at Holy Name of Jesus.

The Father also described his home in India and the hot climate that he had.  He explained that India has many different religions and it is also the largest democracy in the world.  The average temperature in the province of India called Kerala was 20-28 degrees Celcius.  It can also get up to 50 degrees Celcius.  Father Joy mentioned that three full Indias could fit in one Canada and there are more people in his little province, that is 33,863km2 than in the country of Canada which is 9,984,670km2.


My Motivations

Motivation is important in things that you do.  If you aren’t motivated, you probably won’t do things to the best of your ability.  I took a survey on myBlueprint.  The survey said that my top motivation factor was support and my second was recognition.

With the my number one motivation factor being support, I tend to help or assist people when they are struggling or need guiding.  I especially notice this factor when I’m playing hockey.  This year I am one of the second years on our team which means I’m one of the leaders.  I will have to lead the first years and show them what needs to be done.  Last year, I was a first year on my hockey team and I had strong leaders that led us all the way to provincials.

Sometimes I like to be recognised for the things that I accomplish.  It is also good for me to recognise the things that others do too.  One person that I recognise the most is my Dad.  My Dad works everyday and when he’s finished, he comes home and does even more work.  He doesn’t do it to be recognised, but he does it for our family.

With support and recognition being my two biggest motivation factors, I can see how they work into my daily life.

My Knowledge

Knowledge is something you need in almost everything you do.  I took a survey on myBlueprint and found that my biggest subject area of knowledge was business, followed by science and physical education.  All these subjects are a big part in my daily lifestyle.

I would have to say that most of my business education came from a course I took 2 and a half years ago called Biz Kid$.  In that course, they taught us how to manage money, how to improve sales, how to advertise our business in the best way possible.  They also taught us how to increase revenue and decrease expenses.  After this course, I started a business where I sold eggs because I had bought 50 chickens and had too many eggs.  I ran that business for 2 and a half years and made enough money to buy a new dirt bike and two new guns for hunting.

Science has always been one of my favourite subjects.  Two years ago, we had a science fair and for the science fair, I built an electric car.  I had designed it and made a list of all the things I needed.  I worked on this car everyday for about two weeks, just putting things together and trying to make it run once I would flip the switch.  After a while, I finally connected the wires to the correct positions and It ran perfectly.  I ended up winning the science fair with that creation.

All my life I have loved to play sports and be active.  Gym class has always been my favourite class to participate in.  I started playing hockey when I was two and haven’t stopped since.  Now that I am old enough I have started to play volleyball, which I have found out, is one of my favourite sports.  Along with being active, I try to eat as healthy as possible.  Being active and eating well have made me a healthy person.

My top three knowledgeable subjects seem to fit me very well.  I have interests in all of them which seems to help me enjoy them more.

My Personality

The survey that I took reads that my personality type is ESTJ (the supervisor).  From what it says, I could agree with it.  I like to lead and be in charge of things.  I feel good in making decisions and working in groups.

The Ten Commandments

1. I am the LORD your God: you shall not have strange Gods before me.

I am the LORD your God: you shall admire me before others.

2. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.

You shall use God’s name in good spirit.

3. Remember to keep holy the LORD’S Day.

You shall not work on Sundays.

4. Honor your father and your mother.

You shall not disobey your parents.

5. You shall not kill.

You shall preserve life.

6. You shall not commit adultery.

You shall respect your partner.

7. You shall not steal.

You shall buy everything you need.

8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

You shall be honest.

9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.

You shall respect your neighbours wife and their relationship.

10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.

You shall be honoured with what you have.

My interests

My interests usually involve hands-on activities such as working with tools, machines, animals, and materials.  One of my favourite activities to do is carpentry.

Another interest of mine evolves lots of business.  For a while I had my own business selling eggs.  I had chickens and thought that it would be a good idea to start a business because I had lots of eggs and didn’t know what to do with them.

One of the biggest characteristics of these two interests is being a good leader.  I believe that I am a pretty good leader, because I don’t mind public speaking, listening to ideas and applying them to the subject, and being positive, I try my best to lift others instead of bringing them down.