As the usefulness and powers of the life were not seen in that dark and narrow world, but when it is brought into this vast world, all the use of its growth and development becometh manifest and obvious in it, so likewise, reward and punishment, paradise and hell, and the requital of deeds and actions done by it in the present life become manifest and evident when it is transferred to the world to come—which is far from this world! Had the life and growth of the child in the womb been confined to that condition, then the existence of the child in the womb would have proved utterly abortive and unintelligible; as would the life of this world, were its deeds, actions and their results not to appear in the world to come.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 392)
By the righteousness of Him Who hath called thee into being and unto Whom ere long thou shalt return, if thou remainest, at the moment of death, a disbeliever in the signs of thy Lord thou shalt surely enter the gates of hell, and none of the deeds thy hands have wrought will profit thee, nor shalt thou find a patron nor anyone to plead for thee.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 19)
Heaven and hell are conditions within our own beings.
(Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 519)
Hell is simply deprivation of that knowledge of God with consequent failure to attain divine perfection, and loss of the Eternal Favor. He definitely declared that these terms have no real meaning apart from this; and that the prevalent ideas regarding the resurrection of the material body, a material heaven and hell, and the like, are mere figments of the imagination.
(Dr. J.E. Esslemont, Bahá’u’lláh and the New Era, p. 20)
If thou remainest, at the moment of death, a disbeliever in the signs of thy Lord thou shalt surely enter the gates of hell, and none of the deeds thy hands have wrought will profit thee, nor shalt thou find a patron nor anyone to plead for thee.
(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 19)
In the Suriy-i-Vafa Bahá’u’lláh explains the meaning of heaven and hell. Heaven is not a place, but nearness to God, and hell is remoteness from Him.
(Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh v 4, p. 211)
In the same way the punishments of the other world—that is to say, the torments of the other world—consist in being deprived of the special divine blessings and the absolute bounties, and falling into the lowest degrees of existence. He who is deprived of these divine favors, although he continues after death, is considered as dead by the people of truth.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 224-225)
Now punishments and rewards are said to be of two kinds. Firstly, the rewards and punishments of this life; secondly, those of the other world. But the paradise and hell of existence are found in all the worlds of God, whether in this world or in the spiritual heavenly worlds.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith - ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Section, p. 323)
Paradise is attainment of His good-pleasure and everlasting hell-fire His judgement through justice.
(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 157)
Punishment is for such as persecuted thee, hell is for such as rejected thee, fire is for such as sentenced thee to death, infernal flame be for such as betrayed thee, and the hellish gulf is for such as shed thy blood with impunity!
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v2, p. 384)
Soon shall the blasts of His chastisement beat upon you, and the dust of hell enshroud you. Those men who, having amassed the vanities and ornaments of the earth, have turned away disdainfully from God—these have lost both this world and the world to come. Ere long, will God, with the Hand of Power, strip them of their possessions, and divest them of the robe of His bounty. To this they themselves shall soon witness. Thou, too, shalt testify.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 208)
The gates of Hell have opened wide to receive thee, O thou who hast turned away from thy Lord, the Unconstrained! Repair unto its fire, for it yearneth after thee.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 178)
The meeting with God, through His Manifestation, is, for those who desire to meet Him, the gateway to the Paradise of knowing and loving Him, and living in love with all His creatures. Those, on the other hand, who prefer their own way to God’s way, as revealed by the Manifestation, thereby consign themselves to the hell of selfishness, error and enmity.
(Dr. J.E. Esslemont, Bahá’u’lláh and the New Era, p. 220)
The most burning fire is to question the signs of God, to dispute idly that which He hath revealed, to deny Him and carry one’s self proudly before Him.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 156)
They that have disbelieved in God and rebelled against His sovereignty are the helpless victims of their corrupt inclinations and desires. These shall return to their abode in the fire of hell: wretched is the abode of the deniers!
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 284)