God pronounced eternal death (i.e., separation from Him in conscious pain and remorse) as the penalty for breaking His law in even the smallest way. In fact, there is no “small” breach of the law. To break the law in any respect is rebellion against God. That mankind would act selfishly rather than for God was inevitable. Obviously, then, God needed to have a means of forgiving and restoring man. But to forgive man without the penalty being paid would mean that God condoned evil and was even a partner in sin….
We can’t buy God off. He doesn’t negotiate or offer a special deal to anyone. His perfect, holy justice must be satisfied. The penalty must be paid. Yet God loves every person deeply enough to find a way to forgive man righteously. The only way was for God himself to come to this earth as a man and pay that penalty for the entire human race – which according to the Bible, He did in Jesus Christ:
“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. For God sent not his Son into the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John:3:16-17)
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John:3:36)