"as a WASP kid in America I am coming from a Christian perspective. From my view point/the way I was raised the Bible is the truth given to us by God, read it, obey it, ignore other religions because they are not truth."
If you've never read where the 'bible' came from/how it was constructed, you might find such reading interesting. There are many books written during the same time frame that were excluded, there is still, among biblical scholars, disagreement over the characterization of some of the people in the bible (especially in light of some of the books left out). It's fascinating stuff, really.
To me, it often comes down to this: religions, too often, can have a tendency to focus too much on their own 'rules and regulations' and their own particular interpretations instead of simply focusing on the teachings of Jesus (which, in my mind, were pretty straightforward and not that hard to understand). Further, I think that this focus on religion instead of god is where most, if not all, of the problems begin to surface.