Do we have a soul? OR Are we "living souls? See what Genesis 2:7 tells us about our original father, Adam. "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." -- King James Bible--Since this is the truth from the Bible, why do religious leaders teach that man "has a soul" that goes somewhere after the body dies? Ezekiel 18:4 says: "the soul that sinneth, it shall die." I invite you to read also Ecclesiastes 3:18-20. When Joshua went to war with Hazor we are told at Joshua 11:11: "And they smote (struck down) all the souls that were therein with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them; there was not any left to breathe: and he burnt Hazor with fire." (King James Bible) The original word soul from Hebrew is ne'phesh and the original Greek word for soul is psy-khe'. Bible usage shows the soul to be a person or an animal or the life that a person or an animal enjoys. The hope humans have over animals is that of faith in the ransom Jesus gave to gain back what Adam lost. Adam had the prospect of living forever on a paradise earth. He lost that prospect when he rebelled against God and brought sin, which causes death, to himself and all of us. As living breathing souls, we all sin and eventually die. The hope we have is told in the Bible by faithful ones such as Martha, whose brother Lazarus died. She spoke to Jesus of her belLaief which is in the Bible at John 11:24: 'Martha said to him: "I know my brother will rise in the resurrection on the last day." Prior to speaking to Martha, Jesus told his followers: " Lazarus our friend has fallen asleep, but I am traveling there to awaken him." --John 11:11-- Then he had to tell them that he had died. Yes, death is likened to being asleep. Martha believed that Lazarus would wake up on the last day by means of the resurrection. Her belief is verified at Acts 24:15. John 5:28+29 tells us what is going to happen on that day. I hope you will read these accounts for yourself. In the meantime, I invite you to look into more about what the Bible teaches from the international website, jw.org and Bible Teachings > Bible Questions Answered. IF you believe what you learned, you can request your free personal Bible study online or from the next witness who knocks on your door or by visiting your neighborhood Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. There is never a collection taken and all are welcome. Thank you for this question.