We are never told that God is justice, or God is power, or God is wisdom. These are His attributes, not His essence. The distinction is of vital import, in the conflicting maze of reasoning concerning God's ways and words. Justice and power and wisdom are relative, but love is absolute…All His attributes appear and withdraw at the beck of love. All serve it, and never go counter to its commands. We cannot reason that God will do thus and so because He is just, or strong or wise. Love may not give leave. But we can safely lay our heads on the bosom of His love and there learn the great lesson that He IS love, and has both the power and wisdom to carry out the dictates of His affection. What clearer proof can be given that all that He has done and is doing is leading up to that grand ultimate when He will be All in all, and love will rest in being loved?
It might be objected that our understanding of the nature of love is simply too limited for us to make such a decisive judgment at this. However, scripture itself reveals enough concerning the nature of love (e.g., in Rom. 13:10 and 1 Cor. 13:4-7) for us to be able to reasonably conclude that a God who is love would not (and indeed could not) tolerate such a state of affairs as is affirmed by those holding to the doctrine of eternal torment. Only a malevolent or callously indifferent “God” could tolerate the eternal torment of even a single creature (let alone billions of sentient, intelligent creatures that he himself created). And this simple fact necessarily disqualifies the god of mainstream Christianity from being the God who, according to the apostle John, is love.