And there is the rub - " Once you know its from deity...". That can be quite a journey, no? Took me more than 10 years and 3 full readings (and dozens of readings of some text) to conclude that TUB is revelation. Until then? More from Meredith's paper:
"An individual can make the judgment that The Urantia Book is revelatory now. But this evaluation is a personal decision and an act of faith--hopefully after thorough intellectual and experiential analysis has been made. For all practical purposes, it makes little difference whether a person classifies The Urantia Book as revelation or not. "A rose by any other name smells the same." I usually advise people when starting to read the book not to view it as revelation. Read it critically like any other book. Truth either speaks to us personally or it does not.
Much later we can decide whether or not we think the spirit of God speaks through the book."
I do not believe the Revelation is "inspired" but a text of facts and reality patterns and truths by authors with contemporaneous knowledge presenting that within the editor's guidelines and constraints. It is the only such volume ever presented to Urantians. We do have many "inspired" works....from God mind and personal revelation in mind. So no mortal mind approaching the Revelation has ANY context to believe it is what it claims. No thinking mortal could possibly "accept" such a claim until and unless they have discovered and discerned sufficient truths within to determine for themselves the reality of the claim of divine gift of revelation, gift of our Master Son.
So Boom - while I agree that believers have an advantage within text once they believe IN the text, the catch22 is that the process of becoming a believer must be accomplished without being one first. But you are right. Many claim belief and then prostitute text to support their prejudices, misconceptions, fallacies, and manipulations of others. And it is these that annoy me the most...how can one claim belief and act so contrary to that they claim to believe?? Puzzeling. But for the new reader and ernest student, the Revelation must "prove" itself to each....and will only do so based on the changes experienced therein and thereby. I do not criticize doubt, debate, disagreement, or misunderstanding of the text by sincere seekers of God and His truth. And I am gratified by the truth that each believer will still have individualized context and perspective of reality and truth....even in shared revelation text.
So to BB's question - Yes, the truths discovered within text are worthy of learning and many truths already held will be confirmed. And, over time, the number of truths and the weight of those truths will collide into an appreciation of the whole text containing all those truths discovered and held into a unifying and over-arching belief in the divine revelation. No one must or even can believe first. Exuberence may be no vice....but neither is patience. We grow. Enjoy being a tadpole...I know I do!!