The issue/tension between God and man is a matter of the heart. Man has a heart that is deceitful and desperately wicked (Jer 17:9), man has a fatal heart disease (Mark 7:14-23) that results in a separation from God (Is 59:1-2).
The difference between right and wrong, blameless and wicked, and clean and polluted is a matter of the heart. To be right, blameless, and clean, we need a new heart. Our role is to repent of our sin (Ezk 18:30-31), God the Creator's role is to cleanse us from our unrighteousness and to give us a new heart (Ezk 36:25-26, 1 John 1:9). Then, the pure in heart will see God (Matt 5:8).
The issue/tension between God and man is not about "externals", it is about "internals." Only Jesus Christ can make the "internal" right with God (John 14:6).