Just for the record, let me affirm that, IMHO, Tris was, by parable, speaking the absolute truth.
The whole “salvation” thing gets hairier than any other issue, in part because no two people seem to mean precisely the same thing about it.
However, in a thread over on Pizza Parlor where devout conservative Catholics, evangelicals, liberal Christians, an Antiochan Orthodox, and everything else under the sun were involved, there was some general consensus that *we are saved by the grace of God – not by the orthodoxy of our belief, our good deeds, or anything else.
To have faith is, at rock bottom, to trust God’s love for us and His willingness to forgive, whatever the fault. Only in the sense that man as rational animal needs to categorize what sort of God it is who loves and forgives is there any question of “faith” in the sense of holding belief in doctrine being involved. And if one sincerely places one’s trust in God and therefore follows His commands, to the best of his or her ability, does “being good” (“works” in Christian-speak) come into play – because if you mean that you take Him as your Lord, then you mean that you’re going to try to do His will – and deeds, not words, prove that you meant what you said.
Me, I’m content that He loves me and has so engineered the world that good things have happened in my life – and I trust Him to do with me what is consistent with His love and His plan for the world at the proper time, including at my death. I’m not expecting to “go to Heaven when I die” – I’m expecting that whatever He has in mind, I’ll experience as if it were Heaven, because it will be His will for me. I’m moderately convinced that I am going to be given the chance to make good something that I screwed up on badly a long time in the past. And that trust is good enough for me.