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I used to believe (when I was young) that a "sun worshipper" was a kind of religion, like what the Aztecs believed. Then I learned it refers to someone who lies out in the sun to get tan.
I used to believe both literal creationism and evolution, at the same time. I believed God made the world in 7 days and created Adam and Eve in the Garden of Even and all that, but I also believed humans evolved from apes through natural selection over millions of years. It wasn't like I had worked out a way to reconcile the two viewpoints, I just accepted both of them as literal truth without them ever being associated together in my mind - one was religion, one was science, so they didn't seem at all connected to me. It wasn't until I was 11 or so I realized they contradicted each other.
I thought that garden where Jesus went to pray before the Romans came and got him to be crucified was called the Garden of Yosemite. I was surprised that Jesus could transport himself to North America just to pray. Then I found out it was the Garden of Gethsemane. Good thing I never brought the subject up out loud!
I used to believe that if Jesus lived in my heart then the devil must live in my rear end because thats where all the nasty stuff in my body was.
We used to sing a song "He's got the whole World in his hands" and I figured that when God closed his hands it was night
I used to believe (and still kinda do) that I was in direct contact with God. Nowadays I occasionally ask favours of God, but when I was smaller it was so much weirder. I used to wage 'bets' against God, and they weren't little bets either. Here's an example:
Me: *To God* If my sister doesn't pass me the milk carton I'll die.
I would then implore my sister to give me the carton, but I didn't tell her why because I knew it seemed stupid.
As well as 'betting' I used to 'bargain'. For example, I would ask God to make me into a kind of alien I'd read about in a book (Animorphs series) in exchange for say, several years of my lifespan. After weeks of patience and no transformation, despite convincing myself it was happening for the first few days, I gave up on asking God to change my physical form and moved onto bartering for an increased lifespan for my family. I was a thoughtful kid if nothing else.
When i was about 6or7 I thought at noon when the sunset was out, the clouds would turn a red or pinkish colour, and id get all of my stuff (barbie,tea cup set,ect.)and run as fast as i can inside because i convinced myself the devil would steal me!!!lol even my 10 yr. friend belived me?? i figured red meant blood and i thought the devil sucked your blood??? yeah weird huh? so id run to the door,slam it and lock both doors...lol hehe...... i was a weird one..lmao[3
We didn't go to church growing up, so I used to believe that the bible was an evil being in a black cloak that would come and visit you in the middle of the night and tell you things. I thought that because everyone at school always said things like "The bible says ____"
I believed God controlled us like we were on a big fooseball table, but the bars that connected us were invisible and bent in many directions
I used to believe that since God was everywhere that must mean the world is in his stomach
I used to believe that the "children of Israel" were all children, boys and girls, no adults. I couldn't understand how millions of children got out in the wilderness unattended by adults, or who took care of them. This puzzled me for a long time, through many Sunday school lessons and sermons.
i used to believe that we were all just dolls in a doll house and that god was a little girl who played with us and when we were sleeping was when she was at school. sometimes i still think it makes sense
When I was young I was told God would be everywhere with everyone. I was so confeused how God was with everyone at the same time. I thought he had like a million tenticles like an Octopus, one tenticle would be with one person all the time.
I grew up with Christian parents but they weren't very religious so we never attended church or discussed religion much. The few times I went to church with friends I always heard about, the Lord, Jesus, and God. Being young and not having a religious education I always thought of these three as separate people walking around Heaven. I thought of God as the typical long gray beard, Jesus as he is usually shown in pictures, and the Lord as a kind of judge looking figure.
Growing up in a very Christian household, I was always told that "God is everywhere". I took this very literally (apparently I was a little pantheist), and I remember staring in wide-eyed shock. "God is everywhere? Even in my shoe?" For the longest time, I thought that every time I put my shoes on, I was stepping on God.
Growing up in a Christain family, we always celebrated Christmas and Easter. I knew that Jesus was born on Christmas and died on Easter. I was always impressed that he got so much accomplished in life in only 4 months. I was also confused on how he grew up so fast. I missed the 30 or so years in between.
I used to believe God was a little black boy with corn rows. I'm white.
When my family goes to New Hampshire to visit my grandma, we often go to a town called Bethlehem to shop. I used think Jesus was born in New Hampshire!
When I was like, 6 or 7, I had this book of stories from the Bible for kids. I was reading about Adam and Eve, and I read righ up to when Eve ate from the Tree of Knowlege. I had to go somewhere with my mom, so I had to save my place in the book. I never got a chance to finish the story, so I thought Eve died. I didn't learn the truth until I was like 8 or 9
When I was about 3 or 4, I thought God lived on my street a long time ago. I just had this image of a foggy morning by the house 2 houses down from mine with this guy standing in the street in a white robe with a long white beard and hair.