Are you not one of gods laypeople as well as us ?<quoted text>
01. Discussing Shia Sunni Divide is not a proper subject on these "laymen's Forums". It is like discussing Christian divides between Roman Catholics, Protestants and Jehovah's Witness and so many sects and denominations in Christianity and every other religion.
02. The correct picture of Islam can be found if you ask about what are Islamic teachings on each and every issue. Do not try to learn Islam from Muslims, same way if we want to learn Christianity by seeing the behaviour of Christians.
First learn about actual teachings of islam and THEN see how Muslims are violating these teachings in their lives.
But Muslims not following Islamic Teachings is NO REASON for you to reject Islamic teachings. You will NOT BE asked in the hereafter about how Muslims were behaving.
You will be asked what YOU did with those teachings.
03. Islam is not a PHYSICAL body that protects any one. It is a set of teachings, whosoever believes in them and acts on them is a True Muslim.
To be taught something describes a doctrine that was assembled to assimilate peoples mind, body and soul .
What have you learn't ?