Friday, 29 January, 1830

I believe that God is just and so far as our finite powers of justice can reach, that his justice and our ideas of justice and mercy are alike. To inflict pain on a being, that can be of no service whatever, I believe too cruelly unjust and unrighteous, and I think the same of God. I do not believe he will inflict torment where it can be of no service to the tormented.