Larry, coop, fanofVan and Boom, you all post such cool things!
You may have misunderstood me slightly, Larry, when you mention that it's not a knowledge book. For me, it's a perspective book. We discovered through scientific progress that the earth is not the centre of the universe but that we orbit the sun, and also that we are related to and evolved from other animals, not created directly by God. The Urantia book is more of the same humbling stuff: God is much bigger and is doing much more than just watching over our little world. But along with the widened perspective are the assurances of God's love for us and of our value...
15:14.9 Your planet is a member of an enormous cosmos; you belong to a well-nigh infinite family of worlds, but your sphere is just as precisely administered and just as lovingly fostered as if it were the only inhabited world in all existence.
I really like what you say about it being a U book. One of the powerful things about the book is how much it talks about the amazing fact that God is literally indwelling us as individuals. And not just that God indwells us as a group, but that an individual and separate fragment of God is indwelling each of us.
Good thoughts about being born of the spirit, Boom. I'll have to think more about the concept. Another phrase that is common in the Urantia Book is "perfection hunger". This is something that feels more attainable
One of the ways that I know God is real and lives in me is this hunger for being with God and like God. But I know that it will take a very long time to get there. Lucky for us, God has provided us with as much time as we need