Written by Lee Stevenson.
Guilt helps us recognize when we have done something wrong and guides us to taking corrective actions so we do not commit the error again. Suppressing guilt by willfully forgetting the sin that they committed causes damage to the brain and the body. There is a lot of research supporting this. The science has validated what the bible has already taught us. The brain damage gets worse and worse the more the person refuses to remember the guilt and holds onto it. By not repenting it damages their brain and body more and more. They also lose the ability to tell right from wrong causing more and more moral decline. they will take many steps to try to feel they have done no wrong such as increasing acts of charity and kindness, paying more attention to external appearance of themselves and the things around them become obsessed with them looking perfect. The friends they choose will become lower and lower in morality because by surrounding themselves with those who are less moral , they compare themselves and in their minds they say , I am not that bad of a person. But because their morals will continue to decline so will the friends they select, they will select friends who are more and more immoral. They will look at others short comings and pick at them about it that have more morals then they do to try and convince themselves they are morally ok. They well start hating and resenting those who have more morals then they do, even family and start pushing them away.
The problem with suppressing guilt the more guilt someone suppresses the more lies they have to defend until they become suspicious of any questions and will attack a person for asking you questions. This is because they realize how easily they could slip up and reveal something. They will down play what they did and consider it a laps in judgment but those lapses get easier and easier . To the point they no longer feel remorse or guilt but actually view those trying to point out their error as their enemy and in doing so because their actions towards them , they have made them their enemies in their minds. This longer the suppressed guilt is not dealt with the more they will project their negative emotions on others and lash out at them for the littlest things. They are sad in a worldly way, of what they have lost because of their sin. They are not sad in a good way and that means of the loss of being closer to God.
To compensate they will become obsessed with image and how things appear in an attempt to be viewed as righteous to others. They will become obsessed with thier appearance, they will try to use a tone of voice that seems kind to appear to be kind, they will start trying to control everything around them.
Eventually when they have reached the bottom they will take pride in wrong doing and how well they have gotten at hiding it. But they are not hiding it, those aware of their spiritual condition will start trying to distance themselves from them. The only ones they will fool are those in the same low spiritual state. They will see their spiritual state and take advantage of it. (Habakkuk 2:4) 4 Look at the one who is proud; He is not upright within himself. But the righteous one will live by his faithfulness.
King David suppressed his guilt. He had a harsher judgment of others because of his suppressed guilt. It resulted in God punishing David in front of everyone. Because king David do not easily admit his guilt it brought more severe punishment on him .
God would not bless Cain because he was refusing to admit he was sinning. There are many examples of this occurring, people chose to suppress their guilt. This causes them to hate the ones who are righteous. Resulting in them attacking and hating those who are. This is why Cain killed Able.
David did pay the consequences for his sin but God forgive him when he repented thus preserved his life.
Studies have shown repressed memories of guilt ruins your mental and physical health. Causes depression, poor memory , anger , violent tendencies, arrogant attitude which presents as someone looking down on others and seeking out their imperfections and short comings lead to depression and a loss of self identity. It is also them to have unwanted intrusive thoughts. This is because they made their battle to return to God much more difficult. (Luke 11:24-26) 24 “When an unclean spirit comes out of a man, it passes through waterless places in search of a resting-place, and after finding none, it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I moved.’ 25 And on arriving, it finds the house swept clean and adorned. 26 Then it goes and takes along seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and after getting inside, they dwell there. So the final circumstances of that man become worse than the first.”
They will start seeing the wicked as good and even downplay their wickedness, essentially acquitting the wicked and actually find pleasure in it and are learning to hate those who adhere to God’s word. They can fool those who do not know their bibles well. But those who do their actions will show those how remain righteous who the person really is. Sadly they will try to help them , and it will cause them to lash out at them and be resentful and hateful towards them. These one may appear to have a form of Godly devotion but because of their repressed sin they will fear God’s great day of judgment.
On a science level repressing and suppressing memories of guilt makes the frontal cortex shrink, and it continues to shrink until eventually starts causing lose of cognitive function, brain fog, dementia, loss of motor skills causing clumsiness, loss of self identity. When they try to think who They are they do not know. They will lose the ability to switch between thoughts or ideas, causing them to become easily confused. They will lose the ability to understand another persons point of view. they will lose the ability to control emotions so anger, frustration, excitement will become exaggerated.
The bible validates the science. (Daniel 4:31, 32) 31 While the word was yet in the king’s mouth, a voice came down from the heavens: “To you it is being said, O King Neb·u·chad·nezʹzar, ‘The kingdom has gone away from you, 32 and from mankind you are being driven away. With the beasts of the field your dwelling will be, and you will be given vegetation to eat just like bulls, and seven times will pass over you, until you know that the Most High is Ruler in the kingdom of mankind and that he grants it to whomever he wants.. . .
(Deuteronomy 28:32-34) 32 Your sons and your daughters will be given to another people while you look on, and you will always long for them, but your hands will be powerless. 33 The fruitage of your ground and all that you produce will be eaten by a people whom you have not known, and you will always be defrauded and crushed. 34 You will be driven mad by what your eyes see.
They lose the ability to even recognize when they are sinning.(Proverbs 5:3-6) 3 For the lips of a wayward woman drip like a honeycomb, And her mouth is smoother than oil. 4 But in the end she is as bitter as wormwood And as sharp as a two-edged sword. 5 Her feet descend into death. Her steps lead straight to the Grave. 6 She gives no thought to the path of life. Her course wanders, but she does not know where.
Their health will decline mentally and physically. But if they repent they can heal. (James 5:14, 15) 14 Is there anyone sick among you? Let him call the elders of the congregation to him, and let them pray over him, applying oil to him in the name of Jehovah. 15 And the prayer of faith will make the sick one well, and Jehovah will raise him up. Also, if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. , (Proverbs 3:7, 8) 7 Do not become wise in your own eyes. Fear Jehovah and turn away from bad. 8 It will be a healing to your body And refreshment for your bones. , (Psalm 38:5-8) 5 My wounds stink and fester Because of my foolishness. 6 I am distressed and extremely downcast; I walk around sad all day long. 7 There is a burning within me; My whole body is sick. 8 I have grown numb and become completely crushed; My anguished heart makes me groan aloud.
(James 2:10, 11) 10 For if anyone obeys all the Law but makes a false step in one point, he has become an offender against all of it. 11 For the one who said, “You must not commit adultery,” also said, “You must not murder.” If, now, you do not commit adultery but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of law.
(2 Corinthians 7:9, 10) 9 now I rejoice, not because you were just saddened, but because you were saddened into repenting. For you were saddened in a godly way, so that you suffered no harm because of us. 10 For sadness in a godly way produces repentance leading to salvation, leaving no regret; but the sadness of the world produces death.
(2 Samuel 12:5, 6) 5 At this David grew very angry against the man, and he said to Nathan: “As surely as Jehovah is living, the man who did this deserves to die! 6 And he should pay for the lamb four times over, because he did this and showed no compassion.”
(2 Samuel 12:7) 7 Then Nathan said to David: “You are the man! This is what Jehovah the God of Israel says: ‘I myself anointed you as king over Israel, and I rescued you from the hand of Saul.
(2 Samuel 12:11, 12) . . .This is what Jehovah says: ‘Here I am bringing against you calamity from within your own house; and before your own eyes, I will take your wives and give them to another man, and he will lie down with your wives in broad daylight. 12 Although you acted in secret, I will do this in front of all Israel and in broad daylight.’”
(Proverbs 22:8) Whoever sows unrighteousness will reap disaster, And the rod of his fury will come to its end.
(Romans 8:13) for if you live according to the flesh, you are sure to die; but if you put the practices of the body to death by the spirit, you will live.
(Romans 2:13-16) . . .. 14 For when people of the nations, who do not have law, do by nature the things of the law, these people, although not having law, are a law to themselves. 15 They are the very ones who demonstrate the matter of the law to be written in their hearts, while their conscience is bearing witness with them, and by their own thoughts they are being accused or even excused. 16 This will take place in the day when God through Christ Jesus judges the secret things of mankind, according to the good news I declare.
(Genesis 4:3-7) . . .. 4 But Abel brought some firstlings of his flock, including their fat. While Jehovah looked with favor on Abel and on his offering, 5 he did not look with any favor on Cain and on his offering. So Cain grew hot with anger and was dejected. 6 Then Jehovah said to Cain: “Why are you so angry and dejected? 7 If you turn to doing good, will you not be restored to favor? But if you do not turn to doing good, sin is crouching at the door, and its craving is to dominate you; but will you get the mastery over it?”
(Genesis 4:8) 8 After that Cain said to his brother Abel: “Let us go over into the field.” So while they were in the field, Cain assaulted his brother Abel and killed him.
(2 Samuel 13:11-18) . . .” 12 But she said to him: “No, my brother! Do not humiliate me, for such a thing is not done in Israel. Do not do this disgraceful thing. 13 How could I live down my shame? And you will be regarded as one of the disgraceful men in Israel. Now speak, please, to the king, for he will not withhold me from you.” 14 But he refused to listen to her, and he overpowered her and humiliated her by raping her. 15 Then Amʹnon began hating her with a very intense hatred, so that his hatred for her became greater than the love he had felt for her. Amʹnon said to her: “Get up; go away!” 16 At this she said to him: “No, my brother, for sending me away now is worse than what you have done with me!” But he refused to listen to her. 17 With that he called his young attendant and said: “Get this person out of my presence, please, and lock the door behind her.” 18 (Now she was wearing a special robe, for those were the garments that the virgin daughters of the king wore.) So his attendant led her outside, and he locked the door behind her.
(Psalm 32:1-3) 32 Happy is the one whose transgression is pardoned, whose sin is covered. 2 Happy is the man whom Jehovah does not charge with guilt, In whose spirit there is no deceit. 3 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away because of my groaning all day long.
(Proverbs 17:15) 15 Anyone who acquits the wicked one and anyone who condemns the righteous one —Both of them are detestable to Jehovah.
(Proverbs 17:15) 15 Anyone who acquits the wicked one and anyone who condemns the righteous one —Both of them are detestable to Jehovah.
(John 8:44-47) 44 You are from your father the Devil, and you wish to do the desires of your father. That one was a murderer when he began, and he did not stand fast in the truth, because truth is not in him. When he speaks the lie, he speaks according to his own disposition, because he is a liar and the father of the lie. 45 Because I, on the other hand, tell you the truth, you do not believe me. 46 Who of you convicts me of sin? If I speak truth, why is it that you do not believe me? 47 The one who is from God listens to the sayings of God. This is why you do not listen, because you are not from God.”
(1 John 1:8-10) 8 If we make the statement, “We have no sin,” we are misleading ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous so as to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we make the statement, “We have not sinned,” we are making him a liar, and his word is not in us.
(Proverbs 28:13, 14) 13 The one covering over his transgressions will not succeed, But whoever confesses and abandons them will be shown mercy. 14 Happy is the man who is always on guard, But whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
(2 Samuel 12:13) 13 David then said to Nathan: “I have sinned against Jehovah.” Nathan replied to David: “Jehovah, in turn, forgives your sin. You will not die.
(Hebrews 10:26, 27) 26 For if we practice sin willfully after having received the accurate knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice for sins left, 27 but there is a certain fearful expectation of judgment and a burning indignation that is going to consume those in opposition. . .