tell em tithe is no more than a bribe. take hold of your own life.
not sure if these url's will link from copy paste but googles news "religion mental illness" :
>> Except that these people have an invisible friend.
Exactly. That very same behavior, talking to invisible friends, is correctly classified as mental illness. EXCEPT when it is in the context of religion. Religion gets a pass for schizophrenic behavior. A person who talks to aliens is mentally ill, why doesn't the same apply to talking to the virgin Mary, to angels, to jesus, or to some invisible god?
People who hear voices in their heads are nuts, whether those voices are perceived to be from ghosts, angels, aliens, or from gods. Why the squeamishness about calling these folks insane? Religious insanity gets a pass where nothing else does in society. We have been conditioned to treat religion as special. That needs to end.