The good thing about atheists is that they are able to stand up and declare that the prevelant understanding of spirituality is deeply flawed. The unfortunate thing is that they have thrown out the baby with the bath water.
“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” ― Carl Sagan
“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” – Mark Twain
Though computer studies have clearly shown that Darwin was missing something, that evolution happened much to quickly for random chance to be a sufficient explanation, ‘scientists’ still cling to the old understanding.
Though galaxies have been identified to be older than the big bang, physicists still cling to the current understanding of the manifestation of existence.
The bamboozle permeates not only spirituality and science, but all realms of life. The Great Bamboozler is called conditioning, samskaras, identity with a paradigm. Discernment, the path of true spiritual growth, is indeed a rarity.
Discernment is the art of refining your current understanding. The latter refutes the former. Lord Shiva is sometimes referred to as The Destroyer, but in the most positive sense. He enables us to move forward – to release the past and open to a brighter future.