Clearly God loves intensely the human beings He has made in His own image; however because of our sin and to be wholly true to Himself, God cannot allow us to remain (by grace bestowed) immortal (in His own image) in His presence, sharing His utterly pure life - eternal life - forever. Yet by His grace & mercy those who turn to Jesus are "reconnected" with eternal life through the gift of the Holy Spirit (though we still sin & have to die physically).