One way pride tarnishes the gospel is by considering it unnecessary. Probably the most often used argument people lean on is that good people go to heaven.
The argument goes something like this: There is a good God who lives in a good place reserved for good people. This God goes by many names. He is behind all the major world religions. Therefore, all major, and possibly minor, religions provide a legitimate path to God. And, therefore, to heaven. The criterion for making it to this good place is to be good. Each religion has its own definition for good. But what they all have in common is that men and women must do certain things, and not do certain things, in order to assure themselves a spot in this good place with a good God.
Make sense? Actually, it doesn’t really make any sense at all.