The Pharisees and many Christians and world religions approach life and God with a “moral conformity” approach. You must lead a very, very good life to earn God’s favor.
Most modernists and post-modernists take a progressive approach of “self-discovery.” You have to decide what is right and wrong for you.
According to the Bible both of these approaches are just ways to become your own savior and Lord. BOTH are hostile to the message of Jesus. BOTH lead to self-righteousness.
The moralist says, “The good people are in and the bad people are out–and of course we’re the good ones.” The modernist/post-modernist says, “Oh, no, the progressive, open-minded people are in and the judgmental bigots are out–and of course we’re the open-minded ones.” In other words there’s a lot of self-righteousness about self-righteousness. “I’m better than the people who think they’re better than me.” What irony!
The gospel does not say, “The good are in and the bad are out,” nor “the open-minded are in and the judgmental out.” The gospel says that the humble are in and the proud are out.