"No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good."
If anybody doubts the truth of this statement, one need only look at Lindsay Lohan, or Arnold Schwarzenegger, or Tiger Woods. Each of these individuals had everything that the world tells us we need to be satisfied -- fulfilling careers, beautiful bodies, beautiful wives, more money than they know what to do with. Yet, try as they might, they cannot be good for any length of time. Mankind is naturally and majestically self-destructive. If left to himself, man will end up killing himself.
Yet, the road to goodness is not through self-discipline or will. The road to goodness is not even necessarily education. So often we know what is right, but we still do the wrong thing. It is easy to point the finger at Lindsay or Arnold or Tiger, but am I so different?
People who believe they are healthy will not seek a doctor. People who do not know that they are sinful, will not seek a Savior. Yet the evidence for the need of a Savior is everywhere. An attempt to be good for any length of time will make that evident.