Will God Mourn Everyone?

In a general sense, God is grieved to see any of His creation going to hell. He gave His life on the cross and paid the price for our sins, so no one has to go there. But I believe there are scriptures that indicate God will not mourn for everyone who enters hell.

We know that in Ezekiel 33:11 God said, “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will you die…?”

In addition, we know that John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” He loves everyone, and his desire is that everyone will receive His gift of salvation.

  • 2 Peter 3:9, “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
  • Jeremiah 5:1, “Run up and down every street . . . says the Lord. Look high and low; search throughout the city! If you can find even one just and honest person, I will not destroy the city.”  
  • Jeremiah 8:4–5, “When they discover they’re on
the wrong road, don’t they turn back? Then why do these people stay on their self-destructive path? Why do the people…refuse to turn back even though I warned them?”
  • Lamentations 3:33, “For God does not enjoy hurting people or causing them sorrow. The Lord has no pleasure in allowing punishment.”

Because God is love, and He is compassionate, many people think that He will weep for all those who are condemned to hell. However, since people are so full of wickedness, I believe the scripture indicates that He will not shed a tear as they are cast into hell. 

Proverbs 1:26-28, “I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me.”

To be clear, God doesn’t laugh in a cruel, mocking way. Believer’s Bible Commentary page 795 explains, “If we think of laughter as containing any trace of cruelty, malice, or vindictiveness…no…it expresses how ludicrous and ridiculous for a mere man to defy the Omnipotent Sovereign, as if a gnat should defy a blast furnace.”

  • Psalms 37:13, “The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.”                                                      
  • Jeremiah 13:14, “I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but destroy them.”                                                             
  • Ezekiel 7:4, “And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity.”
  • James 2:13, “For he shall have judgment without mercy.”        
  • Revelation 14:10, “The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation.”

God’s wrath is poured out in full strength against those who worship the antichrist. It doesn’t sound like God will shed a tear for those!

All of humanity is considered wicked in God’s eyes, because all humans sin and are born in sin (Psalms 51:1-5).

  • 1 John 5:19, “The whole world lies in wickedness.”
  • Psalms 9:17, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all nations that forget God.”

All of us are automatically considered wicked, and destined for hell. In God’s eyes, a wicked person is one who rejects Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Now, there are those who reject the gospel but in a general sense are not full of wickedness. These, I believe, God will be saddened for as they are cast into hell. Yet, there are others who are extremely evil, and will not provoke that response in God. These next verses show there are degrees of evil:

  • Romans 1:29, “Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers…”
  • Luke 11:39, “but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.”
  • Leviticus 19:29, “and the land become full of wickedness.”
  • Luke 6:11, “And they were filled with madness.”

Jesus healed the man with the withered hand on the Sabbath. The Pharisees didn’t care a bit for the man that was healed to rejoice with him, but rather were so furious that their rule was broken. Unbelievable evil.

We know there are greater sins because Jesus said to Pilate in John 19:11, “he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. So there are degrees of evil within a person.” Some of the worst were the Pharisees, as they were hypocrites. 

A hypocrite is one who acts as if they care for the people but are actually forming laws, or have an agenda to harm or deceive the people.  They are worse than those who commit blatant evil. Jesus had many scathing remarks to say to the hypocrites in Matthew 23 and elsewhere.

Matthew 24:51 reads, “And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

In addition to the hypocrites, there are the haters, bloodthirsty, murderers, and those who abuse children. Jesus said in Matthew 18:6, “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” Does that sound like God would shed a tear for them?

The next verses show that the Lord hates evil and what the evil person has become.

  • Psalms 5:6, “The Lord will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.”
  • Hosea 9:15, “For there I hated them.”
  • Leviticus 26:30, “And my soul shall abhor you.”
  • Psalms 11:5, “Him that loveth violence his soul hateth.”

There are many wrath scriptures that do not indicate God will weep over everyone.

  • Psalms 21:9, “Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the Lord shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them.“              
  • Isaiah 63:3, “I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury.”
  • Isaiah 66:15, “For, behold, the Lord will come with fire…to render his anger with fury and His rebuke with flames of fire.”                                                                  
  • Jeremiah 30:23, “Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord goeth forth with fury…it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked.”                                                                   
  • Ezekiel 7:9, “Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger… mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity.                     
  • Nahum 1:6, “Who can stand before his indignation and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger; his fury is poured out like fire.                              
  • Zephaniah 1:14-15, “The great day of the Lord is near. The mighty man shall cry there bitterly. That day is a day of wrath, trouble, distress, wasteness and desolation.”

It is not pleasurable for the Lord to see people cast into hell. However, there is a satisfaction in seeing justice carried out. Throughout the Bible, it tells us that God is a God of justice and judgment, and that His judgments are righteous and good.

  • Psalms 119:39  “…for thy judgments are good.”
  • Psalms 89:14, ”Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne.”

We all deserve eternal judgment in hell. Because Jesus suffered and died for our sins on the cross, was buried, then rose from the dead, we can enjoy eternal life now and in heaven. His gift of salvation is available to everyone. This demonstrates His abundant mercy toward us. We have the choice to turn from our sins and place our trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior or reject Him and send ourselves to hell. 

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By Bill Wiese, author of 23 Minutes in Hell