So here we are, at one of those “couldn’t God just do it like this” questions. This question might be interesting, but it exposes a gross misunderstanding about the nature of God (holy where sin cannot dwell), the nature of man (created in the image of God) and what happens when man disobeys God (broken fellowship with God).
What makes Hell hell has more to do with not experiencing God than anything. The Bible says all good things come from God (James 1:17). Therefore, Hell is a terrible place because nothing good is there, since a person in Hell is out of God’s presence. So this person experiences no more good things like laughter, mercy, grace, love. A rejection of God on earth is an automatic rejection of all those other good things. Now think about it…do we go sit and genuinely fellowship in the house of someone we reject as a friend? Good things we experience are all “commodities in God’s house”.
Human beings were created in God’s image which means free will that builds character is an attribute that we have. Free will determines whether someone likes pink or blue, chicken or fish etc etc. God wants people to worship Him freely (John 4:24). Otherwise, there’s no real love involved. Hell was originally prepared for the devil and his demons (Matthew 25:41). Lucifier and a third of the angels choose rebellion against God. Their anti-God behaviour costed them His presence. That place out of God’s presence is called Hell. People who have rejected fellowship (by not repenting of sin and accepting His free gift of salvation) with Jesus Christ will go there. They didn’t want to be with God on earth, so why should He force them to spend eternity with Him? God’s desire is that people will choose Him freely and avoid separating themselves from His presence and all the good that comes with being with Him for all eternity in the next life.