Apparently, you can. Through unbelief. In mark 6:6, tells how Jesus was amazed at the unbelief of the people from His own town, Nazareth.

They knew Jesus, probably more than any their town in Israel. They knew Jesus was a carpenter. They knew His parents. His brothers and sisters. They knew Him from childhood

Jesus rejected at Nazareth by Jeff Watkins

They could not accept that someone whom they knew so much about in terms of his family could be be something like this: a teacher, a prophet and a miracle worker. In fact, a few verses earlier they said this in Mark 6:3, “Then they scoffed, ‘He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.’ They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.”

When someone teaches, does miracles and prophesies, people will believe as long as he is not from among them. If that person happened to be their neighbor or close relative, they will have a hard time. People will choose to be hard hearted rather than believe. Why is that?

They’re already seeing His miracles! What is their problem? Nobody does that everyday. Was it a cultural thing?

Here is what the famed bible commentator Matthew Henry had to say about this, “How much did this Nazarenes lose in their obstinate prejudices against Jesus? May divine grace deliver us from that unbelief, which renders Christ a savor of death, rather than life to the soul.”

How many of us are like these Nazarenes that when truth is already set upon our face, still, we choose to harden our hearts to the true message of the good news of Jesus. Let us pray that in times when truth is presented, we may not have a hard heart.