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when i was a kid and i was at mass, i used to believe that the smell of the incense was the smell of the grown ups around me, the smell of their freckles! i know, weird. but in my defence i was a pale kid with almost no freckles so i assumed thats what the smell was. i used to hate that smell.
I went to a preschool at a church and all of the adults kept referring to the church as being "the house of the lord". I assumed it was literally the house of god and started looking for him everywhere in the church. After many days and no sightings I deduced that the lord must be living a very reclusive life in one of the portable building behind the church. I spent most days at recess peeking into these buildings and even had other friends help me look for the lord in a trailer. I never found him :-(
I was raised in the Catholic church, and during mass the priest would say a blessing, and make gestures over the sacremental bread and wine (turning it into the body and blood of Christ).
I believed that since he could do this, he had magical powers (like Gandalf or Merlin) and I wanted those same powers as well, so I would imitate everything he did during mass in hopes that I would also become magical.
This of course horrified my parents, who thought I was being blasphemous!
Since I could no longer follow in unison with the priest at church, I used to secretly practice at home with Kool Aid and potato chips.
Used to believe in religion.
I used to believe in God, the Bible, Jesus and Christianity. Not only believe but I used to tell other people about Jesus. Then I thought about it...I thought about how God created everything, and how he knows everything that will happen before it actually does. Then I realized that if there is a God that he created Hitler knowing what he'd do to all those innocent Jews before he was even born.
Considering this, I no longer believe that there is a God. I now believe that we are born, we live, and we die...and that's all there is to it.
When I was around 9 years old on a Sunday morning my older brother and I was watching a sermon on TV. The pastor told the congregation to turn to II (second) Corinthians. My brother said it was 11 (eleven) Corinthians and stuck to his guns. My dad is a minister so I asked him, why it was called eleven Corinthians he said where in the world I got that information. My brother got his butt spanked. People don't play with the bible.
i used to believe that a magical space man had a son on earth who he decided had to die
i think you called him jesus
I used to believe the angels were in the speakers at church because of the loud female voice singing.
When I was little, I wanted to be Jewish
I used to believe in God
I remember growing up in church when I was a small child. When the minister would would recite psalms and the congregation would respond, I never realized everyone was reading out of a book because I was too small to see. So, I just assumed everyone around me was an alien.
I was a really skeptical kid so I never really believed in Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny, but I also thought that the stories in church were silly and made up. I remember being embarrassed when I was about 10 and talking to my parents to find that they really do believe in God even after they admitted there was no Santa Claus. I thought they were just really gullible. No wonder I'm an atheist.
Growing up my mom would take me to church every sunday. Every sunday it was a battle. I was terriffied of church. One day as my mom was fighting to get me into the car she asked why i didn't want to go to church so badly (i had started crying), i told her i was afraid of the bells because I thought they were made by ghosts.
When my friend was 6 she thought 'eating the scroll' actually meant to eat your bible literally. She then proceeded to do so, during the church service.
I used to believe Islam was the first religion in the world.
When I was a kid, I used to believe that "Moron" was a religion, but I believed it was a religion for bad people because the characters in MAD Magazine always used it in a negative way. Later I found out that the religious denomination was called "Mormon", because I asked my friend's mom if she had a lot of kids because they were "Morons". Fortunately she let me stay.
I grew up in the south where a lot of churches used grapejuice instead of wine at communion. They used to pass the "wine" and bread (little cubes of white bread) down the aisle and only grownups were allowed to have any. I thought that these were "refreshments" and I didn't think it was fair that the kids couldn't have some too.
When I was about four, I thought you could only be Christian or Jewish. Jews, I believed, were simply people who didn't believe in God. My mother told me that my father didn't believe in God, so I asked her one day, "is Daddy Jewish?" She was very confused and told me "no, he's an atheist." This was my first exposure to the term.
I thought that all tithe money was put into a small room and God came down and took the money to heaven with him. They always said it was "God's money" then they would take up collection and then walk it out of the main sanctuary. I thought that if I could just hide in that room then I would be able to see God.
My Mother once told me when I was a little kid while we were in Church that it was God's house.
Our church had a back room for the choir and I always thought that was were God lived. I always wondered why He would never come out...