A beautiful question and summation about the Sneetches.
The topic is really about ego, what Yeshua referred to as the desire to be "first." He condemned the Pharisees for this and others, too. They didn't need saving, so they could not be saved.
When someone over-thinks God, they are letting ego get involved. Ego is the reason for the rescue mission in the first place. Ego is the great separation which knocked us out of the Garden.
The Great Gautama Siddhartha Buddha taught love and humility. In very many ways, he appeared to be following Christ, even though Yeshua of Nazareth would not be born for another 500 years.
I've heard many say that Buddhists are atheists, but I don't think it's as simple as that. I don't think Christians have stars on their bellies and Buddhists do not. I think those who have love in their heart, compassion, wisdom, faith and humility have stars on their hearts.
I have no way of judging who is closer to God. All I know is that Siddhartha Budda dedicated his life to helping others lose their egos and so did Yeshua.
Buddhists talk of an awareness that is not "self." They talk of the paramitas, or "perfections," which are like the righteousness of which Yeshua spoke, as opposed to the self-righteousness of the Pharisees.
There is truth all around us, if we use the Holy Spirit to see it. We can see lessons of wisdom in an imperfect teacher and not condemn them for their imperfections, because we are still imperfect.
Even the child can hold great wisdom when they are with spirit and some children are. Their eyes shine with spirit.