Butch5, you're being misled somewhere as to the reality of human spirits or souls. The Adam became a living soul when God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. (Genesis 2:7)
Ecclesiastes 12:7 tells us that our flesh, the dust as it were, returns to the earth as it was and our spirit returns to our God who gave it to us.
I'm not being misled, I've studied this subject in great depth and for quite some time now. What I find when I look at the Scriptures "without" preconceptions is that man is not a spirit, but rather is a physical being. As I pointed out there is nothing in Scripture that states that man is a spirit. Scripture says that he is a being with God's breath/spirit in him. I've also looked at where the idea that man is a spirit comes from and how it entered into Christianity. The idea actually has its root in Platonism.
I've posted passages showing both the creation and resurrection of man and both passage speak of God putting "His" spirit in the man.
So what's your point here? Plato means nothing to this discussion because the Hebrew scriptures preceded Plato's paganism by generations.
Genesis informs that we are created of the dust of the earth since Adam. We are flesh. So no, we're not spirits walking the earth as is obvious. However, we have a soul , a spirit, and of course those are bestowed by God. We are souls encased in flesh.
ETA because I did some research to support my point:
"The teaching of the Hebrew patriarchs and prophets was independent of any system of philosophy, and it is curious that Greek philosophy arose just after the Hebrew prophets closed their oracles, Malachi being contemporary with Socrates."
Source:Smith's Bible Dictionary, London: J. Murray, 1863; Revised Edition:Compiled from Dr. William Smith's Dictionary of the Bible "Epicureans," pg. 95
**Plato was a student of Socrates**
I submit that we not souls encased in flesh, but rather are souls consisting of flesh and the spirit of God. My point about Plato is that he is much of the source of this idea that man is a spirit that ascends to the heavens when he dies.
I can see where you'd arrive at that idea. It's interesting because the source I posted about the Hebrew patriarchs teachings being independent of any system of philosophy appears to be contradicted by the Jewish Encyclopedia entry I just found:
LINK(Sic)... "Only through the contact of the Jews with Persian and Greek thought did the idea of a disembodied soul, having its own individuality, take root in Judaism and find its expression in the later Biblical books, as, for instance, in the following passages: "The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord" "
And then there is the Jewish History Time Line Linked HERE
That's what I was getting at. If we don't approach the Scriptures already having the idea that man is a spirit, we can see that it's not stated in Scripture. However, the concept is so prevalent today that many just believe it is so. Gen 2 tells us that God created the man from the dust of the earth. We can see that a living soul consists of the physically created man and the breath of God.
Num 16:22 And they fell on their faces and said, "O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and will you be angry with all the congregation?"
Num 27:15 Moses spoke to the LORD, saying,
Num 27:16 "Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation
Zec 12:1 The burden of the word of the LORD concerning Israel: Thus declares the LORD, who stretched out the heavens and founded the earth and formed the spirit of man within him:
Ecc 12:7 and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
Clearly here and in other references to the spirit of man, God is not speaking about the Holy Spirit.
Are you claiming then that the Holy Spirit isn't referred to in the Old Testament?