There are several ways to teach about sin to people who have a hard time understanding. Remember to be patient. Be sure they understand.
1. Pictures. Many sins can be taught by using pictures. They can be photographs found in magazines or on line. They can also be drawings. Pictures are a good way to teach sins that you may not want to do to show the deaf. This includes sins like smoking, drinking, etc. You need to teach these sins but do not want to do them. Some pictures for sins may be more difficult to find. (If you need help with a picture, please let me know.) Pictures of sins can be: 1. A simple picture of the sin. 2. A picture comparing good and bad. (For example: jealous is taught with one picture of a man with a small fish standing by a man with a really big fish.) 3. Pictures of facial expressions can teach sins like anger, hatred, etc.
2. Dramas/Skits. Some sins must be taught with a skit or drama. I have used a skit to teach “lie” and at the same time, “steal.” While I am teaching, I put my wallet or some other item on a table. While I am teaching, someone comes up and steals my wallet. I then notice the theft and start gesturing where is my wallet. All the deaf point to the thief. The thief should stand with the wallet behind him/her clearly visible to the deaf. I ask, you steal my wallet. He says no. I then show the wallet and sign “lie.” This method can be used for several other words like rebel, jealous, anger, and fight.
3. Real situations. Sometimes some people just cannot admit or understand their sins. I have taught sin by pointing out something they are doing at that time. For example: I had two deaf girls in a class who (they said) never sinned. However, one day I watched them pull each other’s hair and elbow each other. I saw that, and said, “You pull hair. You elbow. Wrong. Sin. Bad.” The girls said, “Yes. Me bad. Me sin.” They both were later saved. Please be careful with this one. We do not want to offend anyone, but real situations clearly teach sins to some people who would not understand otherwise. More next issue.
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