Children of the Grave

We love our children and want the best for them, the best diet, the best education, the best career. But how should we address the most important question of all: “Is there a God?” What about when they ask “Where did I come from?” and “What happens when I die?” Are you ready to look your child in the eye and say, “Darling, this is all there is; after life, nothing but a dusty grave.”

If we choose the humanist route through life, we are in danger of letting in irrational existential fears which then get passed on down the generations. Believing in nothing beyond the grave is dangerous and ultimately destructive. Without the authority of a loving God ruling over us, authority in society is eroded. Without the moral benchmarks set by the Bible, morality in society becomes confused. And without the prospect of an eternal paradise to look forward to, life becomes nothing but a series of jollies which ultimately fade into meaninglessness.

Some adults might choose atheism for themselves and accept that the end of life is the end of everything, but how does it feel to pass that bleak prospect on to their children? It is a painful and unnerving task to see innocent minds succumbing to that dark nihilism. Far better to send them to Sunday School and teach them that Jesus loves them no matter what and prepare them for the joy of an eternal heaven.

By deliberately loading kids early on with a vision of futility, we place all the pressure on the here and now, and if here and now is all there is, they are encouraged into bad habits. Nihilism leads to over compensating in the present. The temptation to let the physical and the material rule over our lives is no longer resistible, and more than that: the physical and the material must be perfect or life becomes unacceptable.

Vanity, selfishness and the resulting insecurity which these ills bring can quickly take over the minds of vulnerable youngsters and before long the inevitable rot sets in. Sex, drugs and the desire to be noticed and approved of constantly become the natural substitutes for faith. So why are we surprised when our children end up in dangerous situations? They will do anything to relieve the weight of their boring and supposedly futile lives.

The cure is to renew their faith.

In the last three centuries science has by degrees overtaken faith as the bedrock of hope for mankind. The marvellous advances in technology, in fields of medicine, communications, transport and entertainment, while welcome have convinced us that science will one day provide a paradise on earth. But what is the evidence for this? Have wars ended? Is everyone on the planet being fed and properly cared for? Are we living at peace with our environment? Even as we have at our disposal countless devices which purportedly make life easier, we are increasingly conscious of a growing insecurity. As we drive God out of our lives and are compelled to rely entirely on our own efforts to formulate some kind of meaning, we become confused about life’s priorities. Should work come first or family? Should we spend our lives helping others or helping ourselves? Most of us would like to be more altruistic but we can’t find the time or the resources. And when it comes to right and wrong, how many times have you heard: “it doesn’t pay to be nice!” As a result of these confusing signals, we doubt everything and trust in nothing.

A lot of the fault for this warped view of the world is due to falsely elevating science beyond its remit. Science is not equipped to address assumptions about our origins, the inner workings of our minds and the important question of moral purpose. Unsubstantiated science like evolution and big bang belong to the arena of theory; while evolution as a process of adaptation is easy to understand, it has yet failed to produce definitive proof of how new species come into existence. And while the maths behind big bang might be sound, it is not enough to explain what was the driver that sparked big bang in the first place.

Science is not the route to anxiety-free living (as anyone on a bad internet connexion will testify!) but anxiety is actually exacerbated by science!

Are we as adults doing our duty as responsible mentors when we teach our children this bleak philosophy, that they are no more than well-advanced apes created in a freak accident, part of an accidental universe destined only for bleak extinction?

If you believe this is a poor option, be glad there is an alternative.

Philippians 4: v6.7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

By believing in a loving God all the cares of the world and all our anxieties vanish. The earth was created not by random destructive forces (which in itself is a curious contradiction) but by the eternal version of ourselves Who wants the best for us and Who made us out of love, to experience love, to learn how to love better. Faith does not make life perfect. When we read the Bible, we find that none of God’s chosen were perfect nor had perfect lives, but they had a perfect relationship with God which was enough to guide them through the worst atrocities. From Adam to Moses, to David and Solomon, and the prophets who preceded Jesus, we encounter believers who struggle with all the things we struggle with today, yet with divine guidance succeeded. Perfection is not to be found on the surface of things, but in the heart, for there it is that God speaks to us.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Society today is afraid and far from being at peace with itself. We have become fearful of our own capability. Few know the way of peace. There was a time when men were at peace until there was war; now there are fewer wars but nobody knows peace. The root of this disquiet is plain to see. Everyone has their eye on something which does not exist, the comfort of money; that is the true myth. There is no peace in the World and no peace in a burgeoning bank balance, only peace in God.

Cynics might argue that it’s delusional to place our trust in a mythical being, yet there is no greater myth than the myth of the economy. To believe in the power of interest rates and share prices as the route to happiness and mankind’s salvation is the real delusion, for what does big business produce other than a few billionaires at the top and poor employees and an impoverished environment at the bottom? How much better to believe in the power of love. Our children grow up believing that debt is the most natural thing in the world and something worth aiming for, that the only indication of their worth is the figure on their bank statement or their credit score, and that unless they reach the top of their profession, they have failed.

And if they fail, they are unloved.

God would say the opposite, and the opposite provides a far more painless way to live.

So, when you hear those vital questions coming from your children’s lips, tell them this, and you won’t be lying: only 4% of the universe – stars, planets, galaxies and their inhabitants – can be seen and comprehended by scientists. The other 96% is a total mystery. With a little imagination they can fill this vacuum with anything they want; with their dreams or premonitions; with ghosts; with angels and demons, fairies and the Easter Bunny, or any other concoction they can summon from their powerful minds, and nobody can take that away from them because nobody knows any better. Then tell them the story of God who loved us so much He sacrificed his son Jesus for us. In this way we can gradually begin to rescue a confused and anxious generation from the dangers of agnosticism, atheism and dark nihilism, lift them from the grave and fill them once more with God’s love, peace, and the promise of their divine destiny.

What Are the Signs of a Failing HVAC System?

One of the reasons that you are able to work comfortably in your workspace the whole day is the Commercial Heating and Cooling Cape Cod system. But for how long? The HVAC systems need regular care, repairs, and maintenance to keep the efficiency. When failing to do so, it results in the failure of the system. Everyone has to face the inconvenience of this system failure.

However, before failing, the system shows certain signs. You know about these signs and detect them. This will help you to take up the necessary steps to fix the HVAC system before it fails. Here are some such signs that could help you to detect the failing HVAC system. All you need to do is put your senses to good use for the detection of these signs.

It Is Noisy and Loud That Before

If the system is functioning smoothly, it does not make any strange sound, which makes it one of the easily detectable signs; if you hear the making a strange sound or is louder than before that it is in desperate need of maintenance and repairs. These sounds are the result of the loose parts, issues with the belt or more.

Power Fluctuations

While working on your computer or going to a presentation, if you frequently observed fluctuations in power like flickering lights, sudden jerks and more, it clearly indicates there is some sort of issue with the power supply or overheating of the system. Ignoring this sign could induce irreparable or expensive damage to the HVAC.

Visible Increase in The Energy Bill

One of the clear indications that the efficiency of the HVAC has been affected is the increased energy bill. When the system gets old and is not serviced regularly, the parts experience a large amount of wear and tear.

The efficiency of the system is reduced due to worn-out parts. The HVAC system would now require more energy supply to regulate the temperature of the workspace. The requirement of more energy supply means spending a good amount on energy bills.

Weird Smell

The reason for the smell could be many: burning smell, worn out parts, musty smell, rotten or more. Any strange smell that does not seem to go away even when using the room fresheners then it could be the vents, filter or the system.

Make sure that you get it inspected to know the exact reason of what the smell is from, as it can be even toxic sometimes due to the leaks from the system.

Failing To Maintain Indoor Temperature

Discomfort, irritation, reduction in the productivity of the employees, bad impression on the visitors, and more could be the result of the HVAC system not being able to properly regulate the indoor temperature.

If your workspace has several floors, you may notice the change in the temperature at the different floors that it is surely the system that is failing to keep the temperature regulated.

Increased Indoor Humidity

We all have noticed this at home; if something is wrong with the AC, the humidity in the room spikes up. The same is the case. The HVAC system, along with regulating the temperature, keeps the humidity in check by removing it. If you feel your skin is too sticky than usual, that is because of the excess indoor humidity.

Failing an system could cost you expensive repairs, and sometimes it needs to be replaced. Better to keep an eye on these signs along with regular inspections, repairs and maintenance.