Will Durant, popular historian and philosopher, has appropriately categorized the greatest question of our time, "Can a man live without God?". God sees that in man, and works opposite of man's pride for life. Should we fall victim to such a posture, the appropriate word to describe that self-exultation, is hubris - translated into English from the Greek, as "pride". Man has always had an insatiable need for power and the insistence of worldly wisdom and knowledge.
There are two basic idolatries against God - the need for power and the insistence of worldly wisdom and knowledge. We need to be rescued from this appetite for worldly power, wisdom and knowledge, thus the premise for why Christ came in the first place.