You will note that each time a claim is made that Jesus is the Son of God, it is said by humans. The episodes go along the lines of, Jesus: "Who do you think I am?" A: "I think you're the Son of God."
, which, of course, show nothing other than someone’s gullibility and what they think
. Therefore, in most cases, it is what they are led
to believe, rather than what is stated. - except once.M't:4:3: And when the tempter [The Devil] came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
Now the Devil is a supernatural being, who knows God on a personal level (Book of Job, etc). The Devil was in Heaven at one time, and the Bible (Jesus Himself) says that Christ (He) was always in Heaven with God. It follows that The Devil knows and is acquainted with the Son of God.
In this case, why is the Devil saying, "If thou be
the Son of God,"? This makes no sense at all, unless the Devil does not believe the guy in the wilderness is the Son of God. If the Devil saw Jesus, surely, the Devil would have to say, "As you are
the Son of God..."
In fairness, the Devil has little proof that this stranger, standing before him is, in fact, the Son of God. As far as the Devil is concerned, he has seen someone in the Wilderness and calls down on him. The Devil has seen Jesus before and (obviously) this man does not look or behave like Him. Each time the Devil asks for proof, he gets a half-baked evasion and no proof
The strange thing is that Jesus (or whoever is standing in the wilderness) does
recognise the Devil - the narrator
says so. So again, why did the Devil not recognise him?
The other point about this episode is that if
you ignore the Devil's ignorance and assume that he is short-sighted, and
we assume that Jesus is the son of god, then the conversation at meeting in the wilderness is even more unlikely.
Imagine you are Jesus: you know and recognise the Devil. The Devil makes no attempt to disguise himself but forthwith starts offering challenges. What are you (as Jesus) going to do?
1. You could destroy him utterly as you will do come Armageddon
2. You could say, "Look! I'm here contemplating the Meaning of Life so piss off!"
3. Or, being peaceable, you could say, "Look, I am the Christ, the Son of God whose arrival on Earth was foretold. I know what you are going to do and say; it is all pointless. It will just make a story for my forthcoming book in which you will be made to look stupid. In any case, as I know who you are, do you seriously think that I'm going to listen to anything you say, or fall in with your ludicrous plans?"
The only conclusion is , “Pics or it never happened.”