Thursday, July 22, 2010

On Cows

In elementary school, there was a teacher who loved cows. She had dairy cows (the black and white ones) on everything. It was a bit of obsession but the students loved it. My teacher was from Argentina so we learned a lot of sort of thing.

Genesis 1:23-27
23 Evening came, and morning followed--the fifth day. 24 Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth all kinds of living creatures: cattle, creeping things, and wild animals of all kinds." And so it happened: 25 God made all kinds of wild animals, all kinds of cattle, and all kinds of creeping things of the earth. God saw how good it was.26 Then God said: "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and the cattle, and over all the wild animals and all the creatures that crawl on the ground. 27God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them.
According to the first creation story (there are two in Genesis), God made man on the same day he made "cattle." He lists fish and birds, and wild creatures but he mentions cattle specifically twice. That's right cows. Moo.

So it's not entirely strange that Hindus don't eat cows and respect cows (a little to much but still). And God must really think cows are pretty important (or maybe the Israelites did). But there you have it we were made on the same day as cows.

It's just something to think about especially when biting into your burger. Hey, we were made on the same day as cows, and yet we don't treat them very well. We have big industrial farms where cows are packed and made to stand in their own poo. They eat corn instead of grass, which is what God designed them to eat. And yeah, we were made on the same day. Maybe this is wrong. Maybe we should protect them more. I don't know. What do you think?

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