This is a description of man before the flood.
You are not to do as we do here today, everyone as he sees fit. Deuteronomy 12:8 (NIV)
This is a command given to Israel before the occupation of Canaan.
In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit. Judges 21:25 (NIV)
This is a polite way of saying there was anarchy.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. Proverbs 14:12 (NIV)
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight. Isaiah 5:20, 21 (NIV)
All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. Isaiah 64:6 (NIV)
These three scriptures tell us man’s thinking and value systems are upside down.
We need righteous revelation of truth from God and grace from God as a solution to man’s autonomy.