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