Just some loose thoughts on the subject: Types of Self-Righteous People 1. The libertine that thinks he will be go to heaven in spite of his love for sin. 2. The non-church-going that are decent or at least semi-decent neighbors and citizens that think they're "good enough" to go to heaven. 3. The no-or-very-little-bible religious crowd that thinks they're not only good enough, but even think are very righteouss (this would be the Pharisee that prayed I thank thee that I am not as this publican). 4. The very religious - Legalist zealots - they think righteousness is a question of form, not heart. Did I miss anything? Now, what do you think is the underlying cause of self-righteousness?