Children experience feelings long before they learn how to process them. Painful or traumatic events that happen in childhood often produce long-lasting feelings of fear, shame, guilt, envy, hurt, abandonment, embarrassment, loneliness, disappointment, and rejection. Because these emotions are difficult to face, a child may not want to think about them or even admit to having them. In some homes, a pattern exists of not talking about personal feelings and so the child learns not to share his/her pain.
Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is spoken of by Jesus as the only unpardonable sin. The misunderstanding of this passage has caused many people trapped in the lies of their emotions and in homosexual sin and bondage, to despair and go back to sin because, in a fit of rage, they had cursed God or shaken a fist at Him, renounced Him or torn up and thrown away a Bible. So this Scripture, when read in a state of shame and guilt, can be misread to mean, “I have no hope – I’ve committed the unpardonable sin.” Many even think homosexuality is the unpardonable sin. This is totally false.
Though Scripture has been misinterpreted since its beginning, it is essential to keep seeking for a unified understanding of truth for the sake of the Church’s stability and it’s witness in the world. Anyone overcoming addictive behavior especially needs a clear grasp of Scripture because the nagging sin problem brings feelings of condemnation and hinders one’s faith in God’s mercy and ability to fully deliver. We have often seen the perception of Scripture skewed by the emotional responses of traumatized people.
Though death often comes suddenly in accidents and disasters, in the case of a wasting sickness, many forces may have influenced the person while alive and contributed to that final point of death. The ravages of disease, the body’s systems broken down by various abuses, and the mental and emotional stress from people and circumstances all have an impact.