In John’s biography of Jesus he recorded many instances of people accusing Jesus of being a sinner or all the way to being demon-possessed.
In one such story Jesus confronted his accusers:
“When I tell the truth, you just naturally don’t believe me! Which of you can truthfully accuse me of sin? And since I am telling you the truth, why don’t you believe me?”
In a number of places, Jesus intentionally challenged his listeners to test him. He welcomed those who wanted to question his claims and character (he still does) as long as they were willing to follow through on what they discovered.
Jesus’ challenge then – and now – exposes the two most frequent reasons why people refuse to believe in him: (1) they don’t accept his challenge to test him to begin with, or (2) they test him but are not willing to believe what they discover.
The former champion of atheism, British philosopher, Antony Flew, decided to take God’s challenge. Rather than enter his inquiry with bias, he honestly investigated the possibility that there could actually be a God.
What he discovered sent repercussions throughout the atheistic world.
There is a God, Flew found himself confessing The evidence was indisputable.
In his book, There is a God: How the world’s most notorious atheist changed his Mind, Flew writes,
“I must abide by Plato’s Socrates and follow the argument where it leads.”
The philosopher, Francis Schaeffer, said,
“[Christianity] is prepared to face the consequences of being proved false and say with Paul: If you find the body of Christ, the discussion is finished, let us eat and drink for tomorrow we die. It leaves absolutely no room for a romantic answer.”
The Almighty Christ is offering a kind, generous, and patient invitation to all who who’ve never placed their faith in him. He is saying,
“Examine me. Test me. What you discover will change your life.”