The demonic could easily simulate alien abductions and thus get people either to abandon their faith, engage in otherworldly New Age cults, or otherwise trick people into substituting science fiction and fantasy for religion.
A triplet of interesting books on the subject in freely downloadable pdf format are Passport to Magonia, Dimensions, A Casebook of Alien Contact, and Messengers of Deception: UFO Contacts And Cults, all by Jaques Vallee.
This is a quote out of Dimensions in The Case of the Oxford Scorpion-Man (page 24 in the pdf):
A letter from a British woman begins:
At the lecture by Jacques Vallee at the London A.A. [Architects Association] on the 12 th of
December I was surprised by one of the slides of a Phoenician seal showing a winged sphere
held up by two creatures which he described as “Scorpion men.” Perhaps I have seen such a
It was the summer of 1968, about 4:00 P.M. She was driving from London to a place near Stratford
to visit friends for the weekend. She had a companion in the car with her. Just outside Oxford they
both saw a shining disk in the sky. They slowed and then stopped to watch it as it darted and
dodged. Another car stopped to watch it, too. Eventually it sank behind the trees. They resumed
their trip, but the really striking events took place after the disk had disappeared:
During the drive between Burford and Stratford I had some startling, and to me, novel
insights into what I can only describe as the Nature of Reality. They were connected in some
way to this shining disk, and have had a profound effect on me, causing what is commonly
known as a personality change. I won’t try to explain what those insights were since almost
all the religions of the world have tried to do this and have failed. (In that afternoon I
changed from an agnostic to a gnostic, if that means anything at all.) However, these insights
hit me like bolts from the blue, as though from outside, one after the other. I’ve never had a
similar experience since.
The letter continues with a description of what the woman saw that evening after supper, a
description that seems to come straight out of a John Fowles novel: the guests were in the sitting
room, which had open French windows leading out onto the lawn, and the woman went over to the
window to get a breath of fresh air. The weather, she wrote, was “very hot and close.”
The light from the room shone in an arc of about ten feet around the window. In that area I
saw, as soon as I came to the window, a strange figure. My perception of it was heightened
by the state of frozen panic it produced in me. It was for me without any doubt, a demon, or
devil because of my Western oriented interpretation (I imagine) of the vision or creature or
animal or man, or whatever it was I saw. Like the “Scorpion man,” as well as Pan, it had dog
or goat-like legs. It was covered in silky, downy fur, dark, and glinting in the light. It was
unmistakably humanoid, and to my mind malevolent. It crouched, and stared, unblinkingly,
at me with light, grape-green eyes that slanted upwards and had no pupils. The eyes shone
and were by far the most frightening thing about it. It was, I think retrospectively, trying to
communicate with me, but my panic interfered with any message I might have received. If it
had stood to its full height it would have been about four to five feet tall. It had pointed ears
and a long muzzle. It gave the impression of emaciation; its hands and fingers were as thin
Eventually, convinced that I was hallucinating, I went and sat down for a while, until the
panic had subsided. Then I went to see if it was still there. It was, except that it had moved
further into the shadows on the edge of the arc of light. I made sure I kept away from that
door for the rest of the evening, and left the next day. I told no one. That it may have been
connected with the shining disk I only realized when I saw that slide.
I have other reports in my files of such forgotten observations that the witnesses only recollected
when their memory was triggered by a slide, a book cover, or a lecture.
It is very possible that what we think of as visitors from other planets may not be that at all, but something very old that has been with us for as long as recorded history.
There are many other very odd (and very old) accounts of similar phenomena in those books.
There is also this: it has been reported that sometimes, when people are at the beginning of an ‘abduction’, they invoke the name of Christ to get the ‘abduction’ to stop, and it does. Question: why would aliens care about Christ?