So in essence, if one did understand the scriptures fully, it could be said one transforms from being wild to being tamed?
I think that's a fair way to put it. Our natural inclination is to selfishness and sin. Left to our own devices we aren't necessarily malevolent creatures, but we are selfish.
I think that's really what Christianity - in all its forms and denominations - is really about... it's right there in Jesus' new Commandment, to love others as we love ourselves. To take care of ourselves, yes... but to also take care of others with the same energy. One that is understood, everything else just falls right into place.
It's why we are to give, not for reward.
It's why we are to give privately, and not glorify ourselves.
It's why we are to pray privately, so as not to glorify ourselves.
It's why we are to follow Jesus, meaning to put aside those things we worshipped before.
It's why Jesus praised the act of a person sacrificing their life for another as being the greatest love of all... because what more can we lose in this world than life itself?
It's why Jesus set the ultimate example, and sacrificed Himself for us all.
When Jesus says it is harder for a rich man to enter Heaven than for a camel to walk through the eye of a needle, it's precisely because selfishness is the core of what we're here to overcome. That's really the final exam, isn't it? What makes us break Commandments? Ultimately it's selfish desire. That's why when Jesus gave us the new law to love God with all our heart, strength, soul and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves, it's precisely because the only thing stopping us from doing that is loving ourselves more.
"He who takes offense when no offense is intended is a fool, and he who takes offense when offense is intended is a greater fool."
"Don't take refuge in the false security of consensus."