1 Corinthians 15:42-44 (NLT)
42 It is the same way with the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever. 43 Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. 44 They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, there are also spiritual bodies.
Paul writes to the Corinthian church about our physical and spiritual bodies. The physical body is broken, corrupted by sin. They are weak and will eventually be put in the ground. But our spiritual bodies will live forever.
Apologetics are a systematic argumentative discourse in defense or a branch of theology devoted to the defense of the divine origin and authority of Christianity. They are many apologists who defend the Christian faith giving reason, truth and facts to substantiate the Christian faith. A point often made is to say to an unbeliever, OK, what if you are right. What if there is no eternal life? What if there is no redemption for sin? What if there is no heaven or hell? What if there is no God? After asking these questions it can be said, “If those are the truths, then dead is dead; there is no afterlife; there is no need to worry about sin.” Both the unbeliever and the believer receive the same fate. Both die, are buried never to live again.
Then the apologist turns the questions. But what if there is an eternal life? What if there is a God who judges sin? What if there is a heaven for the redeemed and a hell for those who refused God’s salvation? What if you are wrong about your stance and I am right about mine? Then you are rejecting God, rejecting His salvation brought through Jesus, rejecting the idea that God is just, rejecting the idea there are consequences for sin. It then seems to reason the unbeliever does not receive the same gift as the believer. The unbeliever finds out there is a God who has said sin is unacceptable and the consequence is eternal life in hell, while the believer redeemed through Christ receives an eternal life in heaven. A Christian faith is hard to live because there is the realization some will not accept Christ and the grace and mercy that is provided. It is tough to realize there are those who will be condemned when we hope as God that all would be saved from eternal damnation.