Will Man Ever Love His Fellow Man?
"What question would you ask God if you could talk to him?" The fifth most asked question, according to a survey in the Tampa Tribune, 5) "Will man ever love his fellow man?"
Jesus was asked a question by a lawyer, "Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets" (Matthew 22:36-40).
Jesus also told his disciples, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another" (John 13:34-35).
Jesus again says, "These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also" (John 15:17-20).
Yes, Jesus has commanded that man should love his fellow man. Question is, will ALL MEN obey what God has commanded? No!
I believe there will always be at least a Noah and his family or a Lot and his family on the earth that will love God and his fellow man. There will, for sure, always be those that hate truth and the way of righteousness. So, as long as the earth remains, there will be those who will not love their fellow man as God has commanded.
Paul said it this way, "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution" (II Timothy 3:12). In other words, as long as there are faithful Christians on this earth, there will be those around who will persecute them.
Jesus said, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 5:16). And that light of truth also reveals the darkness, "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved" (John 3:19-20).
Finally, Jesus said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away" (Matthew 24:35). As long as the light of God's Word reveals the darkness of men's lives, there will be hatred, and no complete, universal love for all men.