The notion that life is an endless circle is ridiculous. Death occurs constantly around us. The idea that man's nature is in any way naturally immortal is equally false. The idea that a man 'has a spirit' which cannot die is deceptive, and denies the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The belief, when a man dies, his 'spirit' or 'soul' goes some place else to think, have being, or do anything is not biblical. "His breath goeth forth; he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish."
(Psalm 146:4; Ecclesiastes 9:5-6; Job 14:20-21)
It is a comfort to many people, to think departed loved ones are 'with the Lord.' And indeed, our 'spirit' does return to the Lord who gave it. (Ecclesiastes 12:7)
God gives you that comfort. God does hold our person and its life in His hand. He can make us live, at His choice. The Lord will proclaim a resurrection from death. (1 Corinthians 15:35-58)
But the idea that any part of man, including any so called 'spirit,' lives on naturally, 'reincarnated,' or in any other form, without having a resurrection of life, from God, through Jesus Christ, is false. (John 3:35-36; John 11:23-27)
The idea man's nature contains a separate thing, often called 'his spirit,' which somehow naturally lives on, repeats the lie told to Eve, namely, . . .
"Ye shalt not surely die." (Genesis 3:4)
This doctrine is a belief of ancient paganism which has found a home in 'christian doctrine,' and other religions in the world. The doctrine, that all men have some part of their being, often called a spirit, live on naturally, either in hell, heaven, purgatory, or the spirit world, denies the need for the death of Jesus the Christ. If there was no real, true, complete death, Jesus would not have had to die, to save mankind from that death. Jesus saved mankind from extinction.
Man is composed of Body (ones physical being), made alive by the Breath of Life (spirit) from God. Man then becomes a living soul. He does not have a soul. He is a soul. All creatures have the Breath of Life. These words 'soul' and 'spirit' often have different definitions to different people. (Genesis 2:7, 7:15;
Without body and breath creatures, including men and women, are dead. A man's spirit is his genetic blueprint, memories, and identifying traits. A man's, or woman's, consciousness and understanding will not work without a body. The natural man has a natural body, subject to death. The redeemed will have a body free of sin and death. The soul of man is his spirit in control of his body. There is no soul without the Breath of Life. (1 Corinthians 2:9-14; Job 20:3;
At death, a person's page is completed in the "books of record" in Heaven. That person's "spirit" (genetic blueprint, memories, identifying traits) indeed returns to God. But his thoughts perish. He has no more to do with "anything that is done under the sun." "His sons come to honor and he knows it not." It is man's position to rest in death, until the day appointed for him to be resurrected, or given life again. On that day, God will recombine spirit and body. On that day, a man will live again. God can make a man a living soul any time He wants. The Almighty God has this power. (Revelation 20:12; Ecclesiastes 12:7, 9:5-7;
Ecclesiastes 3:18-22; Psalm 146:4; Job 14:20-21; John 6:39-40)
Isn't it comforting to think, ones loved ones get some true rest, instead of having to view the injustices of this world? Do we want our departed loved ones to watch the hardships we may endure without them? Isn't it beautiful and wonderful to know God wants to wait, instead of making our loved ones perfect without us. (Hebrews 11:39-40)
God put angels to guard the way to "The Tree of Life," so man would not live forever, in his sinful state. Jesus Christ came so man might not die. Those who do not come through Christ shall not see life. They will die. Those who trust Jesus receive the gift of abundant life. (Genesis 3:22-24, John 10:1,9-10)