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The Baptist church I grew up in would often refer to "the church family" -- "the flowers today were provided by the church family," "Saturday's picnic will be hosted by the church family," etc. I thought for the longest time that the church family was the nice Cambodian family we sponsored who always sat in the front pew, and I was impressed by all they were constantly doing to give back to the community. It wasn't till years later that I discovered the "church family" actually meant the congregation as a whole!
I used to believe if a person raised their hands during the worship service at church, God would reach down and bring them up to heaven.
At my Catholic school I was often told that Jesus was always present in the Church. I believed that the actual body of Jesus was kept in the altar. I thought one church kept it for a while then sent it to another church.
As I child my mom would always take my to the catholic church to a confession booth so that god can forgive my sins. At one point of the confession the priest puts his hand before the person confessing and I always wondered why.
When I got out of the booth I asked my older brother why and he thought It would be funny to say, "You are suppose to high five him!"
So for many years I believed that I was suppose to high five the priest. I'm 17 now and I just realized I wasn't suppose to..
When I was younger, whenever I went to church and the congregation all spoke at once during prayer or as a response, I wondered how they all knew what to say.
I then came to the conclusion that they were all robots, including my parents.
However, the robot's theory only existed in church, then everybody was human.
When I was little, my sunday school would tell us God was always watching. I would always insist my mom hold a towel in front of me while I was on the toilet, because I didn't want God to see me pee.
At the end of church service our pastor always said, "Go in peace, serve the lord." To which the congregation would reply in unison, "Thanks be to god."
I always thought it was because we were all glad it was over.
In the town I grew up in there was a festival every year in honor of Saint Anthony. Seeing that my name is Anthony, I always thought that they were celebrating me. Every time I would go ride the rides I thought people were there for me.
When I was little, my dad told me that God was in church with us. Our church guitar player was a guy with a grey beard, so I thought he was God.
I used to believe that the Sun was one of God's eyes and the Moon was his other eye.
when i was little, I used to think that after church, that people would take the offering plates full of money outside and hold it up and all the money would fly to heaven and God.
When I went to Church when I was little, I used to believe that the vicar was Jesus and I was really scared of him. My Sunday school teacher tried to convince me he wasn't Jesus, and I went, "He'll know you said that."
when i was little i thought that god was watching us like we were a tv show and recording everybodys lifes
When I was a kid, I believed that bible school was "beauty school", and called it that all the time.
growing up in the catholic church, the altar boy, who happened to be my brother who when the priest wasn't watching would try and do a full circle with the burning incense. and being a younger little sister i was really jelouse because i thought God liked him better and would want him to be in heavan more that me because he could crazy do party tricks like that.
I never used to understand why people at church would talk about saving sinners, and being saved, because, for some reason, I was under the impression that people were bad because they wanted to go to hell, so they could do all the evil things they wanted. I didn't understand that there were other factors. That's probably why the whole "lead me not into temptation" thing didn't sense to. I thought people were evil because they liked to be evil
One time when I couldn't read very well and went by a church called "Church Of Christ" I thought it said church of thirst and I thought you could go there to get a drink if you were thisry!
For the longest time I thought Catholic and Christian were the exact same thing.
I grew up southern Baptist and was somewhat astonished to learn that as a Baptist, I was also considered a Protestant. I had heard the word before, but got it confused with Presbyterian. Not being a Presbyterian I simply didn't think about it.
(I'm pagan now, btw, lol.) - Although I did make a point to go about my day wearing orange last St. Patrick's day... Yeah, I'm a dork.
When I was a kid, my mom told me that us Christians relive Easter every year, and I took it very literally. I thought that Jesus was recrucified every year, and I silently wondered why nobody tried to save him.
I used to believe that God looked like an enormous version of "Woody" from the Toy Story series.