So far, no Poster has answered the basic question I asked in Post #1 The examples I gave were Joseph Smith (Mormon) & Emanuel Swedenborg. Smith claimed to have discovered golden tablets & magic spectacles which allowed him to read them. The language was not some human language & I think (not sure) Smith was illiterate. He read the tablets to an associate who wrote the Book of the Mormon faith. It was claimed that the tablets & spectacles disappeared (reclaimed by god, perhaps). Swedenborg claimed to have had revelations from god. Among other information, he claimed that god told him about inhabitants on Mars & other planets with cultures similar to those on Earth. While hallucinations are a reasonable explanation, I suspect deliberate lies. I have no opinion relating to motivation for the lies, although a shrink, a psychologist, or a sociologist might have worthwhile opinions on this issue.