My post There Are More Ways To God Than Jesus has gained some attention. As usual, these are contentious issues that bring up a lot of the things that we hold onto and calls them into question.
One of the things that has come up a lot is this accusation that I do not believe in the Bible nor do I give it some ultimate authority in my life. While technically that is true (I only have faith in Jesus, not the Bible), I still hold to the Bible being a witness to Christ and is trustworthy to learning the way of Christ. The conclusions I have come to are not a result of me throwing out the Bible, on the contrary, they are a result of me learning and experiencing who Christ is that I know because of the Bible.
So here is one of the many scriptures I have sat with that has lead to my conclusion.
Matthew 25:31-46 (Sheep and the Goats)
In summary, this story is Jesus himself saying that salvation is not found in calling someone Lord (even him), it is found in the faces of the poor and the love extended to those in need. Salvation is literally found in the work that you do towards those on the edges of society. This story tells us of those who are saved and they didn’t even know!
There is no other way to read this story. You can try and justify it and forcefit it into the rest of the way you understand the Bible but the conclusions are clear. There are more ways to God/Heaven than believing in him. Feeding the hungry and visiting the prisoner are both examples of way that you can find salvation outside of a belief in Jesus. All this is said by Jesus in the Bible.