Because

It is not only a great Beatles song, but it is probably the best answer to nearly every question that involves the word why.

Parents have long tried to find the right answers for the never-ending inquiries posed by their children. "Why do we have to do chores?" "Why is the sky blue?" "Why does Jimmy get five gifts from Santa at Christmas every year when we only get one?"

Although we may get frustrated or even annoyed when our children ask all of their "why" questions, it is ironic that we turn right around and pose similar questions to our Maker. "Why, when I am trying my hardest to live right, does life keep presenting challenge upon challenge?" "Why does my neighbor find a great job making lots of money when I am barely scraping by on a small salary with no benefits?" "Why did God save the life of the ill child when his parents prayed in faith for a miracle, yet mine passed away?" "Why would a loving God allow some to be born into a free country and others into captivity?" "Why would I be asked by my church to teach the six-year-olds in Sunday School?"

It is easy for us to see how our own children are missing the big picture when they bombard us with puzzling "why" questions. It is not always as easy to see from an eternal perspective how God must feel toward us when we ask the "why" questions of the grown up world.

I leared in a family studies class once that the best answer parents can give small children when they ask "why" is the simple word, "because." Although not usually successful in quelling curiosity when spoken angrily or mockingly, a simple, humble "because" really does work remarkably well with young ones. Try it sometime...

Child: "Why is the sky blue"
Parent (Lovingly): "Because, sweetheart"

So, why does "because" satisfy the curioisity of young ones? Maybe the answer is more important than we realize. Young children trust their parents and believe they know all of the answers. Knowing that their parents have a handle on the mysteries of life is reassuring and can allow them to go back to what they were doing. As long as they know their parents know the answer, they don't need much more of a detailed explanation. They have faith.

But we adults are sometimes possess too much critical thinking to always be satisfied with "because" for an answer. We want to know the real reason behind the answer. We want it to make sense for us logically. However, consider the following examples from the scriptures about how we can certainly put even more trust in God that there is a reason to our grown-up "whys" than our children put in us when try to satisfy their "why" questions:

1) Matthew 7:11
"If ye, then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father in Heaven give good things to them that ask him?"

2) Malachi 3:13-18
13 Your words have been astout against me, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?
14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the Lord of hosts?
15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.
16 Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.
17 And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.


3) D&C 6:34
"Fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail."

4) D&C 122:7
"And if thou shouldst be cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good."

5) Joseph Smith History 1: Footnoe: Account of Oliver Cowdery
“I shall not attempt to paint to you the feelings of this heart, nor the majestic beauty and glory which surrounded us on this occasion; but you will believe me when I say, that earth, nor men, with the eloquence of time, cannot begin to clothe language in as interesting and sublime a manner as this holy personage. No; nor has this earth power to give the joy, to bestow the peace, or comprehend the wisdom which was contained in each sentence as they were delivered by the power of the Holy Spirit! Man may deceive his fellow-men, deception may follow deception, and the children of the wicked one may have power to seduce the foolish and untaught, till naught but fiction feeds the many, and the fruit of falsehood carries in its current the giddy to the grave; but one touch with the finger of his love, yes, one ray of glory from the upper world, or one word from the mouth of the Savior, from the bosom of eternity, strikes it all into insignificance, and blots it forever from the mind. The assurance that we were in the presence of an angel, the certainty that we heard the voice of Jesus, and the truth unsullied as it flowed from a pure personage, dictated by the will of God, is to me past description, and I shall ever look upon this expression of the Savior’s goodness with wonder and thanksgiving while I am permitted to tarry; and in those mansions where perfection dwells and sin never comes, I hope to adore in that day which shall never cease."

So, the next time a young child persists with "why" questions, try the simple answer: "because." Likewise, the next time we find ourselves posing the same question to our Maker, let us listen for the same, loving answer and the wonderful reassurances that are contained within it.