Why did God choose Mary to be Jesus's mother? I know she was a good person, but there were a lot of other good women around at that time too. So why Mary? --- Lauren, age 10
That's a good question. When she was chosen, Mary was an ordinary teenaged girl. She hadn't won any beauty contests. She'd never gotten the trophy for best speller. She didn't even have a Nobel Prize.
So why Mary and not someone else? Mary was special because she possessed the qualities God wanted in the mother of his Son: Courage, willingness, and love for God.
Why these particular traits?
You need to keep in mind that everything you do in a relationship with a boy means something.
Holding someone’s hand, letting them put their arm around your shoulder, allowing them to hug you, and certainly kissing you, all have meaning. Understanding that is very important before you start your first relationship.
Only you can give permission for these things to happen. You don’t want to give these meaningful moments away to just anyone! In many ways, doing one of these, often leads the other person to believe that doing the next is acceptable. But, only you have the right to decide whether or not you will allow someone to share these special moments with you.
In general, there are no specific rules in the Bible about kissing a boy.
If God doesn’t make mistakes, then why did He feel bad about the flood and promise to never do that again? -Lauren
This is a really great question. And one that many, many people –even adults—struggle to understand. Before we answer though, you need to understand that in many ways, this is what is called a "loaded" question. In other words, the question itself implies something about God (that He felt bad about the flood and viewed it as a mistake) that is incorrect. God is sad when people choose to go away from Him, but He does not regret punishing those who deserve punishment because he also is a just God (which we’ll cover in a sec). So, we need to clear that up.
There are three things you must understand about God: