It is the standard of the misled to think that 'going to heaven' involves only being nice, and doing holy things.
The great deception--perpetrated by the devil and popular society--is to make people believe that in order to be a good person all you have to do is to play nice and do good things. The only problem with this duplicitous theory is that the rules for being nice, and the laws for doing good things, constantly change. Another major problem is that there is no guidance, and no guidelines, for suffering, failure, and death.
Yet Jesus offers us a saintly trajectory through the paradox of the Cross, in everything the world disdains and fears.
"The community of believers was of one heart and mind,
and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own,
but they had everything in common." Acts 4:32-37
The past century has witnessed to an explosion of appreciation for government enforced charity. In other words, people have fallen hard for the false ideologies of socialism and communism. The idea is that if everyone has income equality, the world will be a happy, peaceful place. Name me one communist country, or one socialist regime, where there is no violence against the people, and no deep, dark social angst, and I will show you a heard of pink elephants chasing a unicorn.
My point is that charity, or, better yet, philanthropy, is not the starting point of Christian goodness, but and end which needs a Christ-Cross-beginning.
"Your decrees are worthy of trust indeed:
holiness befits your house,
O LORD, for length of days." Psalm 93:1-2, 5
Being nice, and doing good things has become all the cafeteria-Catholic rage. Heaven is for those who feed the migrant, free the imprisoned, and protect women's reproductive rights while voting Pro-Choice!
Do you catch my drift?
Holiness in the subjective, relativist climate of postmodern, post-Christian America can mean almost anything! Heck, Nancy Pelosi, a baptized Catholic, pronounced Planned Parenthood holy ground! Who cares if God said: 'Thou shalt not kill.' Holiness is being redefined--this very moment--by social elites and cafeteria apostates.
That is why holiness is not the sole criteria for salvation...unless it is anchored to a Divine Person, and His chosen instrument of salvation.
"And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” John 3:7-15
What gets us to heaven is not of our own effort.
Rather, it is the Crucified, and His Cross, which supplies the stairway. Yet, unlike our mistaken non-Catholic-Christian brothers and sisters, we do have to climb. Believing isn't enough. Heck, the devil believes! But faith is the first step. Faith in the Crucified and Risen Jesus. Faith in our cross being our source for Resurrection in the Merciful grace of Jesus.
Only then can charity and holiness truly come from God.