The Word Gives Light
For three years, Amy was aware that there was a Bible in her first language – American Sign Language (ASL), yet she thought reading the written Scripture in her second language was enough. Until one day when Amy came across a passage in Revelation saying, “There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns.” She struggled with the complexity of the text. She envisioned an image of a frightful looking beast sitting next to a woman.
Sign Language is a visual 3D language. It has its own sentence structure, which is different from any national spoken or written language. Although many Deaf people in America read and understand written English, it is not their first language, and it does not follow the same grammar rules as ASL, leaving many Deaf without adequate resources to know God.
As Amy considered the passage, she knew she needed help. She decided to look at the verse in ASL on the Deaf Bible app for clarity. What the passage revealed to her was a prostitute woman sitting on the back of the beast; as the monster moved, the woman moved with it. What she saw gave way to Scripture illumination, which empowered her to make the switch to the ASL Bible with confidence.
When the American Sign Language Bible is signed in my language, which is a visual language, everything becomes unhindered.
God’s Word Gives Clarity
Psalm 119:130 says, “The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” Grace is life changing. Knowing God’s Word sets a course for heart and life transformation. Now, Amy wholeheartedly believes that accessibility to Scripture in one’s heart language is especially valuable to understanding God’s Word. She has experienced the difference first hand.
“Understanding God’s Word, in the heart language, offers clarity rather than limiting the mind when it comes to Scripture” Amy declares!