I am a sinner. I fail daily. There is nothing in me or about me that qualifies for Gods righteousness. It is much worse than that however. I am destructive. It is my nature to destroy and harm, especially when I seek to do good by my will and power. Hitler considered himself moral and the best of mankind. He believed he was the most honorable and courageous man alive. He believed in his own righteousness and never questioned his actions. What he did he felt was righteous by default of him being the one that did it. The end justifies the means and the end is a perfect world created in his own image. His will, his design, hi image, his ideas, his power, his glory.
Isaiah 14:13-14 For you [Lucifer] have said in your heart:
I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation In the sides of the north;
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.
IN the Lord of the Rings Gandalf is offered the ring of power from Frodo. Gandalf rebukes Frodo saying "I would use this ring to do good, but through me this ring would do great evil". Our own desires and will always result in evil. This is our nature. Likewise, in The Avengers, Thanos believes his is ultimately righteous in his removal of one half of the life in the universe. The ends justify the means again. "My will is to do good, at any cost" is the thought. Mankind's good and improvements always result in death. Six million car accidents a year because we decided to create vehicles for good use. We give tons of food to Somalia, and Farrah Ah'did uses it as a weapon creating mass starvation. three hundred thousand starve to death. The U.N. charters a world conference to stop war and create unity. More war and slavery exist now than ever before in the history of mankind. Our mechanisms of control are evil and reap destruction just as Hitlers did.
I am the same way, this is a human condition and not isolated to a person or a few. All humans suffer from this condition. The moral man is the one who understands he is devoid of morality, the monster is the one that boast of his supreme morality.
Luke 22:4 'Father, if it's your will, take this cup of suffering away from me. However, not my will but your will must be done." - Jesus.
Mark 10:18 "But Jesus said to him, 'Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone" - Jesus
The difference here is humility and to honor another before yourself. It is an understanding of your own heart to the point that I must deny myself daily. As I examine my heart I see the wickedness within. I see the monstrous desires to gain.
My righteous and the good I seek are ultimately for my own glory. If then my mechanisms and manipulations result in destruction, how then can I count those as righteous? Can this get me to God? It can get to me Satan for sure. I am evil, there is evil in me, I know my own sin and harm I have caused others. I need a savior. Only God Himself can remedy this. There is nothing in e, in mankind, nor in nature that can resolve this conflict of good I seek and evil, suffering, and death being the result. My only appeal is the Creator.
Do you think God doesn't know my condition? Do you think He does not see my wretched state? He wrote of me extensively in the scripture. I am the one that boast in the marketplace. I am the one that lied. I am the thief. I am the murderer. It is my heart that is revealed within the scriptures. God knows me.
Then He died for me. He removed my sin and gave me a righteousness I can never earn or deserve. He knows I am helpless and have no hope. He knows He alone can save me.
I know the worst thing I have done. I know the harm I have caused. I know the suffering I have inflicted on others. I can never hope to heal those wounds. I think of the eyes of those I have harmed and I can not even seek mercy, for I deserve punishment and I know that. There is no justification for me. I have o hope. And Christ , my creator knows that.
Christ is my salvation. Christ is my Savior. Christs is my King, Christs is my haler. Christ is my Lord. Christ is my Master. Christ is my help. Christ is my love. Christ is my world, the lover of my soul, my life and light. I am nothing without Christ, in fact without His life and light in me, I am dead.