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Of cows and man

Hypocrisy and downright absurd behaviour at the bottom of the world


Published: 4 March 2021 (GMT+10)
cowCredit: wikipedia.org

Over the course of the past 12 months, New Zealand has been through a number of enforced lockdowns due to COVID-19. Despite these setbacks, our government’s response to the disease has been internationally lauded as an example of how to effectively manage a pandemic.1

Some countries—initially, at least—placed their economies ahead of health outcomes. New Zealand, however, chose a different path. From the beginning, the government aimed to eliminate community transmission of the virus. The focus was on saving human life, without regard for age or underlying health conditions, despite the inevitable cost.

From a biblical perspective, this emphasis on the value of life is to be commended. We are all made in the image of God, despite living in a fallen world. As such, we should do everything in our power to extend the life and minimize the suffering of our fellow human beings.

It makes very little sense, however, if atheistic evolution is true. ‘Survival of the fittest’ is supposed to be the key to evolutionary progress. Why, then, should we care about prolonging the life of those least likely to survive a virus? Particularly when the most susceptible are well past their reproductive use-by date.

Sadly, this same valuing of human life does not extend to the most vulnerable in our society. As New Zealand enacted the government’s lifesaving COVID-19 strategy, our parliament passed the Abortion Legislation Act 2020.2,3

The law change was aimed at removing abortion from the Crimes Act. This was to reflect the (sad) reality of abortion in this country. However, the pro-abortion lobby seized the opportunity to implement one of the most extreme pieces of abortion legislation in the world.

Abortion is now available up to birth on demand for any reason. (After 20 weeks, the abortion must be ‘clinically appropriate in the circumstances’. Experience with the previous legislation tells us that this will, in most cases, be a foregone conclusion.4)

There is now no legal age limit on seeking or having an abortion. Parental notification is not required for minors. Sex-selective abortions are legal (an amendment to ban sex-selective abortions was voted down by members of parliament). The 20-week limit for disability-selective abortions has been scrapped. And babies born alive after a ‘failed’ abortion do not have to be given medical support.

Medical practitioners who object to abortion do not have to assist in the procedure. But they are required by law to provide information on how to contact the nearest provider.4,5

This contradiction in valuing human life is hard to comprehend. It is also impossible to reconcile with evolution. If those with the highest reproductive rate are more likely to contribute to evolutionary progress, as evolutionists would have us believe, why would otherwise healthy individuals choose to abort their offspring?

Most abortions in New Zealand are performed because our society has deemed unwanted pregnancy to be an inconvenience that can be ‘solved’ by medical intervention. This stands in stark contrast to the biblical understanding of life.

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:13–14.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5.

All human beings, including the pre-born, are of immeasurable value to our Creator (Is the Bible anti-abortion?).

The Cow Connection

So how, might you ask, does this relate to cows? Let me explain.

New Zealand is also held up internationally as a model for the efficient production of dairy products. We are the world’s largest exporter, accounting for over 20% of the dairy export trade. This is more than twice as much as our nearest competitor.6

To produce milk, cows must have calves. For maximum efficiency, it is preferable that the cows all calve at the same time. As such, late calving cows can be ‘inconvenient’ for the farmer. One way to solve this problem is to induce the cow, which results in calves either born dead, or requiring euthanasia because they are not viable.7

Animal welfare groups and their political allies decried this procedure. One politician called the practice “inhumane and cruel” and called for the removal of induction-drugs from the market. She even claimed that vets who carried out inductions were engaged in “a breach of their code”.8 As a result, since June 2015 induction of dairy cows to abort their calves in New Zealand has been banned, except where the welfare or survival of the cow, or the calf, is at risk.9 And yet this same politician, in a speech advocating human abortion, reportedly said: “it’s incredible that abortion is still such a contentious and divisive issue”!8

Connecting the COVID circle

In July 2017, samples taken from a dairy herd in New Zealand’s South Island tested positive for Mycoplasma bovis.10 This bacterium had not previously been found in this country.

M. bovis causes a range of conditions, including mastitis in dairy cows, arthritis in cows and calves, and pneumonia in calves (among other things). It does not infect humans and presents no food safety risk.11

Many countries around the world have learned to live with M. bovis and the associated conditions can be managed. However, in May 2018 the New Zealand government announced its intention to eradicate M. bovis from this country.12 Infected properties were placed under quarantine. Movement of animals and other risk goods, on and off these properties, was restricted. Ongoing surveillance will include testing of samples from infected properties and tracing of cattle movements around the country.

This response is remarkably similar to our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is, however, one glaring exception. All cattle from M. bovis infected properties, even those that are asymptomatic, will be slaughtered. To date, more than 100,000 animals have been culled.13

So, in this crazy, upside down world we live in, it is government policy to allow abortion of a human child, while doing everything possible to keep a born human being alive, no matter how sick. And it is also government policy to prohibit abortion of a dairy calf, but if one cow gets sick, we must kill every member of the herd, no matter how healthy!

Inconsistent thinking points to the Truth

Such conflicting estimations of the value of human and animal life make no sense—except in light of the Bible.

Because we are made in His image, we are capable of great compassion. Because He has given us dominion over fish, birds, and livestock, we are concerned about the welfare of all life on this planet. Because we live in a fallen world, and are slaves to sin, we are also capable of unimaginable cruelty.

And, because we have an enemy who is “a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44), and who “comes only to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10), we can so easily fall into foolish reasoning.

“For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools…” (Romans 1:21–22)

Glass houses and stones

It’s not our job to judge individuals. We are, however, instructed to “destroy arguments that set themselves up against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5, emphasis added). But if we are to use the Bible to highlight illogical thinking, we must first be sure that our own interpretation of the Bible is logically consistent.

To claim that the Bible is true in its moral teaching, but passages written as history don’t mean what they plainly say, is illogical. This opens us up to the same charge of hypocrisy that we level at our opponents. And it’s absolutely unnecessary.

This is why CMI is so passionately committed to showing that the Bible can be trusted from the very first verse. This is why we show that science properly interpreted does not contradict, but actually confirms, the Biblical account of creation.

And remember, when highlighting the flaws in someone else’s worldview, there but for the grace of God—the Creator God of the Bible—go you and I.

References and notes

  1. Some are winning—some are not: Which countries do best in beating Covid-19? endcoronavirus.org/countries, accessed 12 October 2020. Return to text.
  2. Abortion Legislation Bill, legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2019/0164/latest/LMS237550.html, accessed 12 October 2020. Return to text.
  3. Abortion legislation: information for health practitioners, health.govt.nz/our-work/regulation-health-and-disability-system/abortion-legislation-information-health-practitioners, 26 June 2020. Return to text.
  4. Abortion Legislation Act 2020 – Here’s how extreme it is…, familyfirst.org.nz/2020/04/abortion-legislation-act-2020-heres-how-extreme-it-is, accessed 12 October 2020. Return to text.
  5. The law around abortion, familyplanning.org.nz/advice/abortion/the-law-around-abortion, accessed 12 October 2020. Return to text.
  6. Workman, D., Top milk exporting countries, worldstopexports.com/top-milk-exporting-countries, 5 October 2020. Return to text.
  7. What is calving induction? kb.rspca.org.au/knowledge-base/what-is-calving-induction, 3 May 2019. Return to text.
  8. Henson, N., Greens—induced law is kinder to cattle, stuff.co.nz/business/farming/10602636/Greens-induced-law-is-kinder-to-cattle, 12 October 2014. Return to text.
  9. Induction ban no biggie—vet, ruralnewsgroup.co.nz/rural-news/rural-farm-health/induction-ban-no-biggie-vet, 15 September 2015. Return to text.
  10. History and background to the eradication programme, mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/mycoplasma-bovis/what-is-mpi-doing/history-and-background-to-the-eradication-programme/, 12 September 2020. Return to text.
  11. What is Mycoplasma bovis? mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/mycoplasma-bovis/what-is-mycoplasma-bovis/, 12 September 2020. Return to text.
  12. Eradication decision, mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/mycoplasma-bovis/what-is-mpi-doing/eradication-decision/, 12 September 2020. Return to text.
  13. Taunton, E., stuff.co.nz/business/farming/112883599/close-to-100000-cattle-culled-in-first-year-of-m-bovis-eradication-attempt, 22 May 2019. Return to text.

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Readers’ comments

Konstantinos A.
Abortion is MURDER plan and simple
Richard A.
Last week in this country a photograph of a race horse trainer taking a 'phone call while seated on a dead horse was accused of 'insulting and disrespecting' the animal. There was uproar. He was banned from training horses for twelve months. A short time ago a majority of people here voted to allow human abortion under fairly loose conditions. I expect a large number of people who were outraged by a man sitting on a dead horse voted for abortion. It is just another exaample of how far people have removed themselves, or more correctly, how far Satan has removed them from God's standards. Children are God's blessing, They are like arrows in a mans' quiver. Happy is he whose quiver is full. My late father regularly quoted the verse 'here we have no lasting city. We look for a city with foundations, whose builder and maker is God'. Roll on the day.
Deanne S.
Very ironic indeed. You have to wonder if those who argue opposite sides of an argument at different times and in different contexts depending on their ideology, realize that they are talking out of both sides of their mouths. Are they aware they are being inconsistent - contradicting their previous arguments? Crazy and sad.

I have been actively protesting the Orwellian actions of our government (a New England state in the U. S.) since April 2020. The scientific basis for what is being done is glaringly lacking, but the point is well-made - the contrast between the value of adult humans vs. adult cows and the contrast between the value of preborn humans vs. preborn calves is completely contradictory and illogical.
Ken Z.
I am shocked that I am no longer shocked at the hypocrisy of people who do such things as outlined in this article that is advocate killing little children but make it a crime to cull cattle.

I have often quoted that same verse that Satan is a liar and a murderer. I have always said that if someone is willing to commit murder they’ll certainly be willing to lie about it.

The Holy Spirit said through the prophet Jeremiah, the heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.

Isaiah 45:7 States that God brings light and darkness and peace and calamity.

I also believe that every wicked act that you read about in history will be or is being committed today every abomination every sadistic pleasure wretched murder continues.

But I think it’s wrong to think that we’re in some cosmic battle between good and evil —because God is in control and he is bringing about his plan and his plan includes such calamity as outlined in this article.

God is the author and finisher of the faith of those people the elect whom he has forordained to salvation and he will save them by the atoning work of Christ the unblemished lamb redeemed their souls out of this present evil age and out of their own evilness he plucked/will pluck them. John 6:44– No man comes to me Jesus speaking except the father draws him. This story is just an example of what men will do if God leaves him in his natural state of wickedness and rebellion. Rather than getting depressed I say but for the grace of God there go I. God has saved me in Christ to the praise of his glorious grace. Sola fide. To God be the glory alone.
Jimmy C.
Just saw on the latest earthquake list, that near New Zealand on 3-4 March 2021 there were 72 earthquakes in the area. Three of these quakes were 7.2, 7.4, and 8.1. The other 69 were in the 4-6 range. Gods judgement?
Mark James
This comment is a little off topic but I've included it because there may be others having similar thoughts. I suggest you read the articles Why death and suffering? and Haiti's horrendous earthquake disaster
Allen H.
Very good article. Very good indeed. More than enough food for thought here. Thank you.
Dola O.
Thank you for voicing this. I had the same shock-anger feelings when hearing the headline news of these two topics (closing the border in pandemic and the passing of the abortion law) sometime last year.
I didn't know the full extent of the new law was even more horrific.
Stephen N.
Thanks for the timely article. Here in Canada, we don't have any law prohibiting abortion. Killing unborn humans has been "legal" for quite some time. Isaiah 25:7 talks about God destroying the "shroud" or the "veil" of deception that covers all nations (the exact wording depends on the translation). I hope this prophecy will soon be fulfilled. In the meantime, the elite of this world is getting more and more extreme in its rebellion against God. We need to be praying that God will soon crush Satan and his evil empire,
Matthew H.
If they didn't have double standards they'd have none at all. It's just sick. I have no respect for NZ, or for my state (NSW) anymore after what the supposed conservative party premier did.

Those who advocating for the murder of the unborn are evil, pure and simple, and those who carry it out even more so. People on the whole are not that stupid that they don't know. There are certainly endangering their immortal souls.

I do wish that the church as a whole and Christian organisations more generally would stop using their euphemistic language and call it what it is. I get so sick of it when, for example my church (the Salvation Army) in its positional statement on "abortion" refers to "terminating the pregnancy". Is that a perverse enough use of language to describe what is happening? You're talking about killing a human being in the womb.
Murk P.
An honest politician in my Province would be accurate if he said :

“Before we start this press conference I just want to remind everyone that today dozens of tax funded people used tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment and supplies to:
Insect saline
Squeeze the brains out of
And dismember little children
37 today - a lot of hard work
I want to thank all the tax payers for diligently
working to pay for this effort
Lots of hospital beds were required for this endeavour

Now back to the important things of today

2 people died with covid today - average age 82
They died in care homes

To be clear you can always come in to kill a child - lockdowns do not affect the right to kill

Getting a burger unfortunately is to dangerous and could affect the health and safety of others

Your health and safety is of the utmost importance

We must keep hospital beds open

Why anyone takes medical advice genocidal maniacs who oppose themselves is beyond me
Yvonne R.
When we by our human self seek to justify our actions, we are reminded by the HOLY SPIRIT of our obligation to GOD to first seek GOD for HIS thoughts, that we can fall short of the glory of GOD ourselves. To be respectful towards other people and do not judge from our human perspective because we do not know, cannot know where other people are coming from in their life experience. Setting the godly example, saying the words that need to be understood as the HOLY SPIRIT leads us to the people who are making wrong decisions. Knowing GOD provides us with discernment, the freedom to discern a situation without being fearful of another persons opposing belief. To advise others by the Word from GOD, then leave to GOD for HIS transforming power to be effected. This is my prayer and hope - hope in GOD is not in vain. I am sad for Peter W. Au having realised as he now does - what devastation he has in his mind - if only he had known. We stand with you Peter - we have all been influenced by worldly decision makers.
Gary B.
One thing an article like this highlights to me is human nature has never changed since the Fall. It shows what Romans says about people becoming fools is continually happening before our eyes.
Peter W.
From the bibles very first words in Genesis, "In the beginning God," to the final "Amen" in Revelation, I now believe it as Gods word speaking to me, to mankind today, which is the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
As a 75 year old retired dairy farmer, having witnessed the introduction of the induction drug as a management tool here in Victoria, Australia, to it's limited use and total ban, this article by Mark James triggers emotion. Emotion because I hadn't understood the foolishness, the rank inconsistency of our decision makers who introduce these laws that show more concern for a cows calf than a human life. Thank you Mark for highlighting this from Romans 1;21-22, "claiming to be wise, they became fools".
Paul S.
Normal leftist hypocrisy.
Here the Greens demand the right to protest trees being cut, but ban protests for babies being killed.
David V.
Thank you so much for this article Mark, and for highlighting the inconsistent thinking and hypocrisy that characterizes so much human thought these days. But, as you say, we all need to be on our guard against falling into this trap. We need to continually test everything against God's Word with the help of the Spirit.

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