There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. _Proverbs 14:12

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes… _Proverbs 21:2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes… _Proverbs 16:2

Among those to whom it will never occur that they might merit the displeasure of God…there will be many who will become the personification of the nethermost fire itself, when they fail to embrace His [Bahá’u’lláh’s] Cause; while among the lowly servants whom no one would imagine to be of any merit, how great the number who will be honored with true faith and on whom the Fountainhead of generosity will bestow the robe of authority. For whatever is created in the Faith of God is created through the potency of His Word.305 _The Báb

But many who are first will be last, and the last first. _Christ (Matt. 19:30)

How great the number of people who deck themselves with robes of silk all their lives, while clad in the garb of fire, inasmuch as they have divested themselves of the raiment of divine guidance and righteousness; and how numerous are those who wear clothes made of cotton or coarse wool throughout their lives, and yet by reason of their being endowed with the vesture of divine guidance and righteousness, are truly attired with the raiment of Paradise and take delight in the good-pleasure of God. Indeed it would be better in the sight of God were ye to combine the two…306 _The Báb

The learned men of Christendom are held to be learned by virtue of their safeguarding the teaching of Christ, and yet consider how they themselves have been the cause of men’s failure to accept the Faith and attain unto salvation! Is it still thy wish to follow in their footsteps?307 _The Báb

Throughout your lives ye follow your religion in order to attract the good-pleasure of God, yet on the Last Day ye shut yourselves out from God and turn away from Him Who is your Promised One.308 _The Báb

Only a few have as yet quaffed from this peerless, this soft-flowing grace of the Ancient King. These occupy the loftiest mansions of Paradise, and are firmly established upon the seats of authority.309 _Bahá’u’lláh

He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. _John 1:10-11

O Friends!
Verily I say, whatsoever ye have concealed within your hearts is to Us open and manifest as the day; but that it is hidden is of Our grace and favor, and not of your deserving.310 _Bahá’u’lláh

There is no peace for thee save by renouncing thyself and turning unto Me; for it behooveth thee to glory in My name, not in thine own; to put thy trust in Me and not in thyself, since I desire to be loved alone and above all that is.311 _Bahá’u’lláh

The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me…312 _Bahá’u’lláh