We read in Genesis that at creation, God created man in His image, then breathed the breath of life and man became a living being. Then man fell into sin and surely had to DIE. Two issues:
1. When man dies the body which is the soil that God used to create man is where the body goes, that is from dust man came and to dust man returns.
2. If this is so, then what happens to the breath of life since it is not indicated that it returns to God the creator? And what is the soul? By the way King soul consulted the medium and the image of Prophet Samuel appeared which we know is not right before God since it is only satan the devil who assumes images and all, in line of this at Transfiguration during Christ Ministry on earth Elijah and Moses appeared in the presence Jesus, Peter, James and John. What do we make of this, where/how do we draw the line.
3. There are those a midst us who still believe that the dead can still refuse to be transported for burial until the spirit is appeased, how can we enlighten them that the dead know nothing and cannot do anything at all.
"2. If this is so, then what happens to the breath of life since it is not indicated that it returns to God the creator?"
Actually, it is indicated that it returns to the creator.
Ecc 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. KJV
That word "Spirit" was translated from the original Hebrew word "Ruach". In short, it means breath.
Strong's # H7307
From H7306; wind; by resemblance breath, that is, a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions): - air, anger, blast, breath, X cool, courage, mind, X quarter, X side, spirit ([-ual]), tempest, X vain, ([whirl-]) wind (-y).
Another translation puts it this way:
Ecc 12:7 So our bodies return to the earth, and the life-giving breath returns to God. CEV
if read from the book of gen 2 vs 7 and the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul. (KJV). From this verse we can answer what a soul is .
there are two things that make up a soul. the body that was formed from the dust plus the breath of life from God.
so we can say ,dust+ breath of life = soul. or body formed from the dust + breath of life from =a living soul.
So death is the suppuration of the dust and the breath of life.
that means in absence of the breath of life there is no soul but the body ready to become dust any time soon and in the absence of the body there will be the breath of life that will be going back to God who gave it Ecc 12 vs 7.
there is no soul after death .