If you pick up a “scholarly” commentary on Genesis — or on any book of the Pentateuch — you will encounter some incomprehensible nonsense about fictional characters referred to as “J,” “E,” “P,” and “D.” (Dr. D does not appear in Genesis, as he is the mythical “editor” of Deuteronomy.) You might ask yourself who or what these letters refer to; or you might save yourself some time and heartburn by simply tossing the commentary into the garbage can.

Let’s begin by clarifying one important point: Moses was the author of the five books known today as the Pentateuch. (I have addressed this in more detail in another post.) But the goal of the “higher critics” is to persuade the average reader that he or she cannot hope to comprehend the Bible, and they perform countless magic tricks with the Scriptural text, making things disappear and other things appear and generally confusing and distracting Christians from using Scripture as God intended: to change one’s life. One of those magical tricks is to make Moses disappear and replace him with a fictional series of editors whom they call J, E, P, and D. (These letters stand for Jahwist, Elohist, Priestly, and Deuteronomic, if you’re wondering.)

This magical trick is commonly known as “the Documentary Hypothesis,” and it teaches that there were a series of at least four people spread out over a period of 500 years who worked together (despite living at vastly different times) to write the Pentateuch. The trick is based upon the claim that these editors stole material from a variety of pagan myths and revised it to make their material palatable to a Jewish audience. Thus, these magicians will assure you that the editors who wrote Genesis stole their ideas from a bunch of pagan books (most of which don’t exist, needless to say — I will address these “sources” in another post), then swapped out the pagan deities and plopped Jehovah into the text to please their Jewish readers. And, just to add a final flourish to this magic trick, the higher critics claim that these men lived hundreds of years after Moses.

This is like claiming that the plays and sonnets of Shakespeare were actually written by four different men who edited some now-lost “source text” over a period of 500 years. These men worked on the plays in the years 1650, 1750, and 1850 — and they finished writing them around 1950. So, you see, the traditional understanding of Hamlet is all wrong: the play was not actually written around 1600 by someone named Shakespeare; it was finally completed at the time when Leave It to Beaver hit television screens — and, if this isn’t absurd enough for you, the beautiful writing and poetry, the unified themes, the unforgettable characters, the brilliant plots, all were produced by four different men who lived hundreds of years apart from one another but who somehow shared the exact same goals and skills in their writing and ideas.

Why would modern theologians go to such great lengths to invent a pointless and ludicrous lie like this? The reason is that they want to do the opposite of what they claim these fictional editors did — that is, they want to swap God out of the text and replace His truth with various pagan myths. As I have pointed out in another post, one of the reasons for this sleight-of-hand trick is that the original “higher critics” rejected the idea of miracles — and that included the assumption that the Scriptures were inspired by the Holy Spirit. If the Bible was simply written by fallible men, then it is not God’s inspired Word, and it therefore can be modified to serve a theologian’s private agenda.

And that is what this J-E-P business is all about: agenda. The trend in the church today is to force the doctrines of the Darwinist religion into Scripture, and the best way of accomplishing this is to convince the average Bible student that Genesis does not mean what it says. The claim that numerous fictional men edited a series of pagan myths allows a modern theologian to move on to the lie that the Genesis account of creation actually endorses evolution.

And the beauty of this system is that the J-E-P myth actually demonstrates evolution! The Pentateuch was not written by one man under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, these magicians declare; it actually evolved over a period of 500 years. And another benefit of this trick is that it leaves room for future agendas, as well. Whatever lies the theologians of tomorrow want to work into the Bible can be forced to fit in simply by claiming that the Scriptures are still evolving!

If you want to spoil a magician’s routine, you must catch him in the act of performing a sleight-of-hand deception, when the illusionist tries to distract your attention away from what he is doing to something that has no meaning. The same thing applies in exposing the Gnostic lies of modern theologians: we must catch them in the act every time they attempt to distract our attention away from their basic agendas. The J-E-P myth is one such sleight of hand trick, and the church must resoundingly reject it as a lie.

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