The modern philosophy is that God should come down to our level. The Marja’ has to become like us, so that we can relate to them. Actually, the whole idea is that we want to feel good about our own weaknesses because they would become like us. The Islamic spiritual quest is of a different view. We don’t ask them to come down to us, we are asking them to pull us up to their level.
There will be a people who will carry knowledge around with them, but it will not pass beyond their shoulders. Their inner most thoughts will contradict what they display in public, and their actions will contradict what they know.
Imam Ali ( as )
[He is ] subtle in his movements, sweet to look at he seeks out the loftiest of matters, and has the most outstanding moral ethics he is not prejudiced against he whom he does not like, nor biased in favour of one he loves he is hardly a burden; and instead is very helpful he perfects his actions as if he is being watched, lowers his gaze, is liberal in his giving, and never turns away a beggar he considers his words carefully and guards his tongue he neither accepts falsehood from a friend, nor rejects the truth from an enemy he only learns in order that he might know, and he only seeks to know in order that he may act When he travels with worldly people, he is the smartest of them, and when he travels with the people of the Hereafter, he is the most pious from among them.