Editor's Note: Mark Galli's God Wins (Tyndale) will become available in print and ePub  format July 10. The Kindle version released on Friday.

There are questions, and then there are questions.

In Love Wins, there are lots of questions—eighty-six in the first chapter alone. The book you are currently reading will address a number of them, because they are good questions. But before that, the first thing we need to do is think about the very nature of questions. Because there are questions, and then there are questions.

There are questions like the one Mary, the mother of Jesus, asked the angel when he told her some astounding news. Mary was a young woman engaged to marry Joseph when the angel Gabriel appeared to her. "Greetings, favored woman!" he bursts out. "The Lord is with you!"

Suddenly finding herself in the presence of a messenger of God, Mary is naturally "confused and disturbed."

"Don't be afraid, Mary," Gabriel reassures her, "for you have found favor with God!"

And then he drops the bombshell: "You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus." This Jesus, he says, will be very great, will be called the Son of the Most High, will be given the throne of his ancestor David, and will reign over Israel forever in a Kingdom that will never end.

That's a lot to take in. Most mothers just want to know they'll have a baby with all ten fingers and ten toes. But what exactly all this means—Son of the Most High? ruler like King David? reign forever?—seems not as perplexing to Mary as one other detail. "But how can this happen?" she asks. "I am a virgin."

That's her question, and it's a good one. A virgin getting pregnant without the help of a man—well, this sort of thing doesn't ...

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God Wins: Heaven, Hell, and Why the Good News Is Better than Love Wins
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2011-07-19
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