This is my understanding, as well. Hence the need to make careful and deliberate choices in our lives so as to avoid spending life as a SOUL in Hell and hopefully spend life as a SOUL in Heaven. It is our body that dies, not our soul.
This statement is correct. However, it must also be understood within the context of God’s overwhelming desire to be in relationship with us…it is, indeed, the REASON for creating us, our raison d’etre, if you will. In this way, it is US who keeps the relationship closed/dead (as did the Prodigal Son while he was away from his father).