Does God still love the lost souls in Hell?
The answer is a resounding Yes! First of all we must know that God cannot contradict himself. When God created humanity he looked and was well pleased with what he made. “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” He didn’t make them divine but since his likeness is beyond anything foreign to their love, mankind was created good. (Gn 1: 26).
Each human person is made in God’s image, therefore from human birth to human death the love God instilled within each of us never wanes. No matter where anyone ends in eternity the love God had for each one at our entrance into life will always remain. “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion for the child she has borne? “Though she may forget, I will not forget you.” “See, upon the palms of my hands I have written your name; your walls are ever before me.” (Is 49: 15 - 16).
It must sadden the Lord when even one turns away from God and chooses the depths of hell instead of a loving God. Multiply this by myriads of souls with the same attitude and the tears of God become a direct shun of their creator who still loves them. “As he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it, saying “If this day you only knew what makes for peace, but now it is hidden from your eyes.” (Lk 19: 41 - 42).
God, as we realize, has a human heart that feels compassion just as we do, and it is not a matter of him not understanding what the loss of even one soul does to him.
The question has been raised about God’s divine love asks if a soul in hell wants to repent, will God allow a reprieve? The very premise of a soul going into hell is not by God. Each one who ends there does so by his/her own choosing. They do not want God, and perhaps we can see by this direct denial of his mercy they have taken the easiest way to be away from the Lord. This large number of rebels has chosen to disregard God’s essence, his Omnipotence, and his total forgiveness while they are still in a human vessel. God waits for us to turn to him up to the final breath we take and seek his mercy. That is enough to be saved. I can’t even imagine if for a moment we were in God’s place and watched the untold souls marching away from forgiveness and falling off the narrow road to heaven and joining the many on the wide path to perdition.
Watching the unsaved souls and cheering is not what saints and angels look at in disdain. They also will feel sadness for the many who have chosen the way of evil, and live in an environment where God can be seen and never reached any more through eternity.
We are chosen by God who washed our robes in the blood of Christ, saving the very life within us, the living soul from God. “Then one of the elders spoke up and said to me, who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from? I said to him, "My Lord you are the one who knows, He said to me, These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Rv 7: 13-14).
God loves the souls in hell, but cannot help them. Their loss is their own choice!
Ralph B. Hathaway