Bonita, I definitely agree that “TUB is not a religion” but, you must admit from its content and from many of the forum questions and posts, many readers are looking to find a Religion between its covers.
TUB is a spiritual book, there's no doubt. Even the revelators tell us that one of the purposes of the book is to provide spiritual teachings. The cosmology presented in the book is meant to help illuminate its spiritual teachings.
101:4.10 5. Presenting cosmic data in such a manner as to illuminate the spiritual teachings contained in the accompanying revelation.
Of course, wherever and whenever you find spiritual teachings, you will find humans attempting to create a cult around them, as Todd pointed out. We are told that this is human nature; cults are part of human culture and there is little we can do about them forming. But, we can do very much to affect the way in which they form and how they function. Actually, Jesus' intention was for social religion to be an unconscious manifestation of personal religious experience, with emphasis on the unconscious part. Therefore, cults should spontaneously appear as a result of unconscious growth of the spirit as the fruits of the spirit manifest themselves in the individual lives of each religionist as they choose to work together for a common service. Unfortunately, that's not how it usually happens; humans love to organize and control one another.
170:5.11-12 The Master fully realized that certain social results would appear in the world as a consequence of the spread of the gospel of the kingdom; but he intended that all such desirable social manifestations should appear as unconscious and inevitable outgrowths, or natural fruits, of this inner personal experience of individual believers, this purely spiritual fellowship and communion with the divine spirit which indwells and activates all such believers. Jesus foresaw that a social organization, or church, would follow the progress of the true spiritual kingdom, and that is why he never opposed the apostles' practicing the rite of John’s baptism.
It is my belief that the celestial intervention that resulted in TUB was designed to assist man as he navigates the dangerous waters of materialism and secularism in the current age, but the Gospel has not really changed since the advent of Christ. The Gospel of the Fourth Epochal Revelation is no different than the Fifth. In fact, the Gospel existed even before Christ came to teach it to us which is evident in the pages of ancient scripture from a variety of religions.
Another purpose of TUB is to impress upon mortal man that the universe is vast, orderly and loving, as we venture out to explore the cosmos both physically and spiritually. It is just a matter of time before our scientists discover the existence of intelligent life in the universe. Knowing that intelligent life everywhere is primarily dominated by love is valuable information. Knowing that we are not alone is priceless.
I'm sure the revelators were aware that our religious institutions would begin to fragment due to the failure of mythologies and cultures caused by the progress of science, logic and globalization. A restatement of the Gospel is a reminder to mankind to seek first the kingdom of God within, so the kingdom of heaven can be established without.
"Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven". How is God's will done in heaven? We won't find the answer in TUB because the answer comes in developing a personal relationship with God who whispers it to each of us individually, then we share it. We also listen to what others are sharing, and that means ALL others. Somewhere in each person's religious experience, whether it be "cooky woo woo", foreign, strange and alien, or just new and different, there may be a kernel of truth to be found that is worth something to all of us.
I see TUB as forming an umbrella over all evolutionary religions in an attempt to unify the spirit that permeates all of them. How can we accomplish this without the larger view of the universe that TUB provides? How can we begin to do this without TUB filling in many of the holes in our collective historic memory of the past that proves that all religions have a similar origin since the time of Andon and Fonta? TUB is what ties it all together and sets us on the launching pad to greater things. It would be wrong to attempt to fossilize what's written in TUB within a structured cult. The spiritual teachings in TUB are meant to help the individual grow spiritually and then spread the benign virus of spiritual love to all of mankind, the kingdom of God and the brotherhood of man.