I recently contacted some Seventh-day Adventists, and we got on to the existence of the human soul. Apparently they don’t believe it exists, much like the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and my arguments for the soul were weak (I used the account of the Transfiguration with Moses and Elijah). They said that Elijah never died and Moses body was never found, so it could be said that they went to the next life ‘intact’. What else could I have said?
How about the story of the rich man and Lazarus that Jesus told in Luke 16:19-31. The rich man who was dead and buried speaks with Abraham who was also dead and buried (Genesis 25:7-10).
There is also the story of Saul and the medium of Endor in 1 Samuel 28:3-20. At Saul’s request, the medium contacts the spirit of Samuel who was dead and buried. And, Samuel predicts the death of Saul and his sons.
Hebrews 12:22-24 speaks of the “spirits of just men made perfect” being with Jesus:
22But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, 23and to the assembly of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven, and to a judge who is God of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks more graciously than the blood of Abel.
Didn’t Jesus say not to fear the one who can destroy the body but not the soul?