I wanted to stand up and cheer when I read this:
One of the things we did as Jw's was constant attack on other religions. I am happy to see so many xjws here willing to defend a religion other than Jw's against attack. The arguments/counters are less significant to me than is the fact that we have become more willing to reason on matters like this.
Any statement that begins “I do not understand” (as the OP) should indicate a beginning of a search for understanding. There is nothing to be afraid of in examining various religious perspectives.
Here are a few books that I have enjoyed and can recommend:
First, a LITTLE book written about a hundred years ago that presents a different perspective on the history of the Bible:
Where We Got the Bible... Our Debt to the Catholic Church (Paperback)
by Henry G. Graham (Author)
Next, a very interesting read regarding the Early Church Fathers:
Four Witnesses: The Early Church in Her Own Words (Paperback)
by Rod Bennett (Author)
The best explanation I have ever read of the Orthodox (a very ancient and beautiful religion) approach:
Sweeter Than Honey: Orthodox Thinking on Dogma And Truth (Foundations Series, Bk. 3) (Paperback)
by Peter C. Bouteneff (Author)
A beautiful book by an Anglican Christian:
Mere Christianity (Paperback)
by C. S. Lewis (Author)
I have included Amazon links so that you can investigate the books further. I'm not a book salesman (ANY MORE!!) If you are near a good library, you might be able to get them there.
Maybe others can list reading selections from their perspectives.