."If you are baptized in the name of the Father Son and Holy Spirit and don't die in the state of mortal sin, you have a good shot."
So, it's basically just a bathtub-based crap-shoot?
Not at all. Obey the Church Jesus started. Whoever hears his Church hears Jesus.
Take part in the Sacraments, obey the commandments, and confess your sins. Pray often. It is actually pretty straight forward.
The Protestant view is much more random. Any person can' and do everyday, start their own church and decides on their own how Jesus said the way to salvation is. You have to pick from 30,000 different beliefs on your own and hope to get it right.
It is a democracy. Sorry Jesus created Kingdom. Americans have a problem with authority.