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46,471 Overdose deaths in 2013. Why?

November 7, 2015

46,471 Overdose deaths in 2013. Why?
By Dennis Marcellino

“Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury death in the United States, ahead of motor vehicle deaths and firearms (deaths),” the Drug Enforcement Agency announced on Wednesday.

Bill O’Reilly asked 2 PhD psychologists on his show tonight why people are so unhappy now, to the point where they are rioting (actually whining) in the streets, whereas this didn’t happen during more dire times in the first half of the last century when the character of people in general was more civil, reverent and responsible. They gave ineffective political spins and really had no clue as to why. Why? Because they are handcuffed by the secularism in the mainstream … particularly in the field of psychology. And psychiatry is even worse in that instead of just relying on analysis (and having no real solutions), they throw drugs at the symptoms.

So then what is the explanation as to why there are so many overdoses? It’s what I just alluded to – the mainstream is handcuffed by their secular viewpoint and therefore are forced to exclude God out of the solution. That’s unfortunate because God offers the only effective solution. And I make that statement after having tried on the world’s solutions when I was having emotional, alcohol and drug problems.

I wholeheartedly tried 20 different approaches to truth, lifestyle and problem solving, but none of them worked … until I turned my life over to Jesus and did what He and the rest of the Bible said to do. That worked … and has been working for 33 years now ☺

And let me spell out some specific points as to why it worked.
In the Bible God promises to see to it that our basic needs are taken care of.

Matthew 6:25-33 25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
He also promises peace.

Philippians 4:6-8, 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
And the Bible says that we can be content in all circumstances.

Philippians 4:12, I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

Is God then a liar? No. And I say that not only from personal experience and the testimony of many others, but I also prove the Bible to be an inerrant book of truth in my book THE PROOF that God exists and the Bible is True (www.ConclusiveProofOfGod.com).

And in my program at http://www.AddictionFreeForever.com, I show how a person can come to a place of peace, strength and confidence (which I’ve been experiencing for 33 years, and so have many others who have done my program). I italicized “I’ve” in that sentence because I don’t the put peace, strength and confidence in my heart. That had to (and has to) be done for me (for which I’m very grateful). I don’t have that kind of power ultimately. That is, we can’t just live any old way and expect those things to appear in our heart. God has to do it. My program just shows a person the step by step process to take that will cause God to do it. In fact if we live “any old way” that is outside of God’s ways, God then puts other things in our heart to correct us – like guilt, pain, fear and conviction – which people then try to bury them and push them out of consciousness with various forms of addiction.

Unfortunately, many people don’t come to that understanding though, and suffering and hopelessness lead them to overdose. But the old saying is true … “No God, no peace; Know God, know peace.” So now that I found out how to have that knowing, it would be selfish of me to not spread it. And that’s what motivates me.

Another interesting thing to recognize out of all of this is how it affects economics, which is a big point in the presidential debates. Just refer back to the verses that I said. God promises that ANYBODY’S finances will be taken care of IF a person is obedient to God and His ways and make Him and them their #1 priority.

Therefore, what I see over and over that people are missing in the debates and on TV is that they aren’t recognizing THE solution (to economics, marriage, and inner peace) and they are left to just listen to the ineffective ramblings of psychology professionals and other TV discussions … which then leads them to be hopeless and seek comfort in addictions when their advice doesn’t take away their negative experiences. The statistics don’t lie.

Therefore, this country will never straighten out its problems until we recognize and obey our Creator.

So, bravo to the Christians who are running for office who understand this and are courageous enough to vocalize it (as best they can) in spite of the criticisms they encounter. That at least leads in the right direction.

Byline:
Dennis Marcellino’s books, DVDs and CDs can be seen at http://www.LighthouseBooksAndMusic.com.

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Robin Williams’ suicide … a different take

August 13, 2014

I’m writing this article because I don’t think we’re seeing the real reason for Robin Williams’ suicide being addressed in the media. Here is what I think is being missed.

The fact that Robin Williams committed suicide implicitly said that he made a decision that he didn’t want to be Robin Williams anymore.

The tendency in evaluating that is that he wanted to escape from an alcoholic inclination, or that he wanted to no longer experience the physical suffering from depression, from which he couldn’t envision a solution, even though he tried rehab clinics and had the money to avail himself to the best psychiatrists. That alone says something about the state of psychiatry and how ineffective it is. And it is scandalous that a country only legally endorses a failed psychology system (as opposed to a Biblical solution, which I personally know works). And it is not only scandalous but heartbreaking in a nation where there are 108 suicides every day. I mean a suicide says that no solution can be found to the torment a person goes through. But there IS a solution and I wish that I could have talked to Robin Williams and anyone else who is contemplating suicide (which I do through my books and have gotten feedback that suicides have been prevented with them).

So then what was the real reason for Robin Williams’ depression? There is the accepted norm to see depression as a purely physical reality that must be dealt with with physical treatments. But that physical state doesn’t appear out of a vacuum. Like another physical malady, obesity, it had to build over time. Therefore its causes must be backtracked and eliminated. But unlike obesity, I think that depression has a quicker cure (which I spell out in my program at www.AddictionFreeForever.com).

Setting that cure aside for the moment, what then were the roots of Robin Williams’ depression? Having been in the entertainment industry for many years, I know that there is a pressure to be “on” all the time. And in Robin Williams’ case, that “on” was a very hyper state of being. And that’s what people expected from him. But that state had to be VERY exhausting. And it is especially a dilemma when you don’t feel it … but simultaneously felt a fear to not want to disappoint people. And that continual exhaustion could be very depressing. Therefore, like most entertainers, they get backed into a corner by their public persona and are trapped in this state of being on. And in his particular case, you hear the mourners now say how happy he made everybody. Therefore he couldn’t show his unhappiness (which should have been evident to everyone by the fact that he checked himself into rehab clinics). I mean, why do people drink and use drugs? The answer is: they are trying to change their state. And what they are trying to change is an undesirable (either by themselves or the public) aspect of their state. But there is a natural way to change that. But the person who uses alcohol or drugs doesn’t see that and yet deems the inner pressure to “perform” for others as being mandatory (which could be an aspect of anyone’s life). And part of Robin Williams’ performance didn’t include the anger he felt over his divorces. And that is something that he had to keep bottled up because, as the eulogies are saying, “he just brought happiness to others, and that will be missed.” But obviously, keeping up that happy performance didn’t allow him to be what he was really feeling. He might have just felt alone in that … which would have opened up another can of worms that this nation isn’t ready for … why there is so much divorce (which the Bible also has the solution for).

And this is where the political aspect of this picture comes in. The solution to all of this comes down to understanding how the body, mind and heart we’re in were designed to operate. And this is a design that we have little power over. Therefore the solution is to learn what that design is and then flow with it … not try to manipulate it to what we or others or the general state of peer pressure expect it to be. There’s a line in a song that expresses this well: “Wonderful is what you’ll feel in you when you do the things you were made to do.”

But the problem happens when people feel like they have to be certain ways that are against that design. Another line from an old commercial says, “It’s not nice to fool mother nature.” And although people can micromanage their feelings and actions against nature, that takes a toll. And eventually a person might decide that they don’t want to experience that toll anymore and they choose to opt out in the only way they can figure out to escape it … suicide.

Unfortunately the society has deemed to not endorse what I’ve found to be the cure for this … getting in harmony with the design of our being … which is nailed in the Bible. The say that that is religious, and separation of church and state, blah, blah, blah. The fact is though, that is an objective, not religious solution. That’s why a big part of my work is to show that the Bible is objectively a book of truth, which can be scientifically proven.

Byline:
Dennis Marcellino’s books can be seen at www.LighthouseBooksAndMusic.com. His program can be seen at www.AddictionFreeForever.com. It has helped thousands of people but won’t be acknowledged by the government or insurance industries because it includes the Bible as part of the cure.

A conflict between a mainstream myth and a musical/philosophical expression by a cultural icon

May 8, 2013

A conflict between a mainstream myth and a musical/philosophical expression by a cultural icon

On the TV show “The Voice” a singer was going to sing John Lennon’s “Imagine”. He said that he was a huge fan of John Lennon. His coach, Shakira, said, “Well I’m sure that he’s proudly looking down on you now.” Then the singer started singing “Imagine” with the opening line “Imagine there’s no heaven.” So then where was John Lennon looking down on him from?

It takes more to get into Heaven than the mainstream myth realizes. See my 2 minute YouTube video about that at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXMzJZ-0zOs

Why do young people look up to cultural icons with reverence instead of the only perfect role model – Jesus? Especially since those icons are usually leading dysfunctional, destructive lifestyles. Have you heard of “The 27 Club”? Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, and many more, all died at the age of 27 … and mainly from overdoses.

I think that the reason why young people look up to them is because they appear to be free in that they can express themselves without intimidation from the world. But they are confusing musical talent with true freedom. And their freedom is often found in a bottle or with drugs.

I too looked up to them when I was young, and to the point of leaving my career in engineering to become a member of some very famous bands (Sly & The Family Stone, The Elvin Bishop Group, Rubicon, and The Tokens – famous for The Lion Sleeps Tonight). But the freedom wasn’t there, like I thought it would be. Hence I ended up trying 20 different approaches to truth and lifestyle before finally finding it 30 years ago in Christianity.

I now try to spread that insight through a presentation which can be seen at http://www.SpreadingGod.com/evangelism.html. (You can be a part of helping to spread that by showing that web page to your pastor or school. For example, how many people realize that science is on the side of God and the Bible and not modern science theories, many of which are science fiction?)

I think that young people go through a period of rejecting the status quo in search of freedom and self-gratification. But in the process of running from, do they ever find a place to run to … or do they get caught up in addiction because they didn’t find the place to run to? (I have a cure for that too: http://www.AddictionFreeForever.com) The paradox here is that the most free that a person can be is in submitting themselves to God’s holy rules, which He then in turn responds by filling our hearts with peace, love and harmony with our being.

The problem now though is that the spirit of rebellion of the ‘60s has become mainstream. And now kids are looked at as “different” if they don’t go along with the immorality of today. Whereas the opposite was the case when I was growing up in the ‘50s if kids were immoral or atheistic.

Byline: Dennis Marcellino’s books and music can be seen at http://www.LighthouseBooksAndMusic.com