“An Italian woman burned alive by a jealous ex-lover could have been saved if passing motorists had heeded her desperate screams for help, police said. Sara Di Pierantonio, 22, was doused in alcohol and set alight on the side of a road outside Rome by former boyfriend Vincenzo Paduano, 27, according to authorities… Surveillance footage showed at least two cars driving by as the woman screamed for help” (Yahoo News, May 31, 2016).
Why would anyone ignore a burning person and not help? Part of the answer is in the pages of your Bible. Describing the “signs” of the end of this age, Jesus foretold, “because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). Jesus was speaking not only of a lawless society, but also of the lack of “God’s law” permeating society. Sadly, our end-time society is filled with people who are “lovers of themselves” (2 Timothy 3:2) and who are absorbed in a world that focuses solely on self. Thankfully, Jesus Christ promised to return (John 14:3) and He will usher in a new society firmly built on His “perfect law of liberty” (James 1:25) where love for one’s brother and sister will be paramount. For more on what this world will look like, be sure to read or listen to our eye-opening booklet The Ten Commandments.