Because I said so
“Because I said so.” I’ll bet most of us heard that more than once when we were kids. You whined, “But why do I have to eat my peas?” and your mom said, “Because I said so.” You asked, probably under your breath, “But why do I have to stand in the corner?” and your teacher answered, “Because I said so.” As you got older, you might have had occasion to grumble, “But officer, why am I getting a ticket?” and you just knew that, bottom line, it would all come down to because he said so. Same thing with your boss. Why do you have to work this weekend? Because he said so. Period.
It probably wasn’t long before you realized that “Because I said so” wasn’t an answer at all. It was not the explanation you wanted, not the information you needed in order to understand. It frustrates me, then, that it’s still the answer I seem to get when I ask, “How do you know there’s a God? Why do you believe that?” Because somebody else says so?
Even when I was a kid and totally trusted my parents, “Because I said so” was never an adequate answer.