This past Sunday we got into a discussion which actually involved the trichotomy of mankind. Frankly I took exception to the path it took. It was stated that we are made up as body, soul, and spirit which makes us a trichotomy. That being said someone suggested that when we die our spirit goes to be with God. Here is where I take exception. The scripture reference used was; Ecc 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. I feel that the passage is totally missunderstood. The suggestion was that everyone who dies will have ether spirit return to God. I totally disagree. I do not believe that any part of an unbeliever will be with the Lord. I am convinced that there is a serious amount of confusion about the lines of differences between the spirit and soul of men. I would like to hear some discussion on this. I realize that this can get deep and that no one can fully understand how we are made as human beings, but perhaps some sort of better understanding could come about at least for me. I personally do not believe that the lost person has a living spirit, but one that is dead. This being the reason for the need of the new birth. While I think that we can be called a Trichotomy it needs to be done with understanding that one part of us is dead and that part is the spirit until we are born again. I will be looking for others input. Thanks.