Man is a spirit living in a body through which he participates in physical events. The spirit in man distinguishes him from animals and makes it possible for him to know God. Neither man’s body nor soul is in God’s image, for God has neither. Man’s spirit is in the image of God. Separation of man’s spirit from God’s Spirit brings spiritual death to man. God declares, “Your iniquities have separated between you and your God” (Isaiah:59:2); and you are “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians:2:1; etc.).
Separation of the spirit from the body brings death to the body: “As the body without the spirit is dead” (James:2:26). At death the body goes into the grave and “the spirit shall return unto God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes:12:7). Taking the Bible as a whole, this can only mean that man’s spirit is at God’s disposal to be sent either to heaven or to hell. The spirit of a dead person would not be floating about, haunting or appearing to those on earth, as the world of the occult would have us believe. “Ghosts” can only be masquerading demons.