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What Was The Forbidden Fruit

What was the Genesis 3 forbidden fruit?

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FIG!!!!!!!

Right before your blinded eyes (the first fruit mentioned in the Bible) & I included the word numerous times in my replies to those who repeatedly railed against me, but you didn't see it. Incredible!!! :) So, it is with much written in the Bible, hidden in plain sight against the proud & arrogant who reason according to the flesh, not in the spirit.
---Leon on 2/1/13


So Leon, do you or do you not have the answer? If you're goig to make cliams that the Bible identifies the kind of fruit it was but we are all to blind to see it, then by all means why don't you enlighten us? If not then keep your mouth shut because coming on here trying to start arguments and claiming to know things other people don't know (without actually proving it) only shows a serious lack of maturity on your part.
---Jed on 2/1/13


seg, all of the bible can be applied spiritually. I do believe that is also the garden of eden. We all need to seek the tree of life. that is be born again..saved...converted or what ever, it still means the same thing. I always try to see the spiritual side of the bible.
---shira4368 on 2/1/13


Warwick, please forgive me, But!
In Gen_2:9, it says the tree of life also in the midst of the garden

In Pro_3:13, makes mention of wisdom and understanding.
Pro_3:15 She is more precious than rubies:
Pro_3:18 says, She is a tree of life

Pro_11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life
Pro_13:12, Pro_15:4

In Rev_2:7 Christ says I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
Rev_22:2, the tree of life
Rev_22:14 the tree of life

You said the fruit refers to real fruit.
Do you believe the tree of life is real fruit also or does it refer to Christ?
Being he said I am the life.
Just asking, thank
Peace
---TheSeg on 2/1/13


"I guess that's your only recourse when you can't figure out blog questions." Leon

What hypocrisy! In all this halabaloo you started and even have yet to tell us what you "think you know" (which is NOTHING), you even have the audacity to make such a remark. That's hypocrisy defined.
---christan on 2/1/13




Peter: one advise to you, it would help you if you started from the beginning of this blog of replies (which I'm sure you didn't) before you come to the conclusion of what you've just did.

There's no problem if you want to get involve with this "conversation", but get your facts straight before you think of throwing your spanner into the works.
---christan on 2/1/13


Christian, take a deep breath. I have said all along that I am convinced that Genesis, being an historical, sober account, refers to a real fruit. I cannot imagine why it matters what variety of fruit it was. However some bloggers claim it was a metaphor, not a real fruit. This idea has been promoted elsewhere on a number of occasions regarding other events in Genesis. Those who promote the metaphor idea generally do so because their worldly (long ages/evolution)beliefs will not allow them to take Genesis as historical narrative (as Jesus and the apostles believed) so they come up with excuses to justify their man-made views. I am convinced such people should be contradicted lest they lead others away from Biblical faith.
---Warwick on 2/1/13


Peter, I was not even mentioning whether the passages were Metaphors or not. Didn't get into that one. I was just waiting for the answer from Leon. He made a lot of comments that people are blind, cannot see the real fruit, suggesting he could. I was waiting for the answer. Leon knows the Bible does not mention what kind of fruit it was yet asked the question. I re-thought what I had said, because maybe in another book the fruit was mentioned and I missed it. So I was ready to know what it was. To this day all of heard from Leon was complains how we sin, have blind spots, behave wrong, and he put the question. I think we should all wait to find out what kind of fruit it was if there is an answer.
---Mark_V. on 2/1/13


Christian, on 1/27 you said "What the "fruit" was is immaterial".

I understood this sentence to mean that you thought the fruit was a metaphor for something that was immaterial. A real fruit is a material thing. So when you said the fruit was not a material thing that indicates to me that you are saying it was not a real fruit. Also, you putting the word fruit in quotations led me to believe you did not think it was a real fruit. I'm sorry if I misunderstood you. I was not purposefully trying to accuse you of saying something you didn't. Just look again at the very first sentence you posted on this blog and I think you will see why I thought you among those who were saying the fruit was not a real fruit.
---Jed on 2/1/13


Mark V and Christian: In this case, looking at the quote from Jed on Jan 27: 'Why is everyone saying that the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the fruit are metaphors? Does no one simply believe what the Bible says anymore? The Bible does not say it was some sort of metaphor or parable. It actually happened. '

It seems that Jed was actually AGREEING that Gen 1-3 is REAL/TRUE/NOT A METAPHOR, and the first sentence was just too easy to misunderstand
---Peter on 1/31/13




What is wrong with you people?! You're always fighting! I guess that's your only recourse when you can't figure out blog questions. Your sin nature kicks in full force (a result of Adam & Eve eating the forbidden fruit). It's a crying shame the way some of you behave, i.e., just like little children playing "I hit you, I hit you back". Pitiful! Repent & grow up!!!
---Leon on 1/31/13


Warwick, nice try in your mind games but you have failed with flying colors. Here's why, when you quote Jed in what he has said, you are simply implying you agree and support his conclusion, period. You remind me of Adam in Genesis 3:12

Similarly when I quote from the Scriptures, it means I believe in what the Lord has said and taught.

As for you Jed, you know full well I never said the fruit was a metaphor or you'll be able to quote me. And to say what you say, you are simply bearing false witness against others you have no proof of.
---christan on 1/31/13


"The fruit was CHOCOLATE
do you know of any fruit as sinfully delightful as chocolate?"
---francis on 1/30/13


I love chocolate too Francis, but to suggest that was the forbidden fruit is just a figment of your imagination. :)
---Leon on 1/31/13


Christian, I was the one who asked the question "Why is everyone saying that the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the fruit are metaphors?" That was from my post on 1/27/2013. At the time I posted that all the previous responses (including yours) suggested that the fruit was a metaphor for something immaterial instead of an actual fruit. It wasn't until after I made that post that we started seeing others who believed it was an actual fruit. Warwick was simply quoting me.
---Jed on 1/31/13


Christian again Isay that if you had read what I wrote you would not write as you have. Read it!

I did not write "everyone", Jed did. Again you need to give more attention to what people have actually written.

It is foolish and improper of you to even suggest I may be bearing false witness.
---Warwick on 1/31/13


Warwick, if you were "opposing those who say the tree/fruit is metaphor", why not simply just go to the source and reply to that person? You take a brush and then painted, "Why is everyone saying that the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the fruit are metaphors?"

"Everyone" you say, when there were only one or two. Now isn't that bearing false witness of those who think otherwise?
---christan on 1/31/13


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Christian, if you read more carefully you will see I was opposing those who say the tree/fruit is metaphor. The text convinces me that the book of Genesis is historical fact. I picked up on what Jed wrote on 27/1 "Why is everyone saying that the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the fruit are metaphors? Does no one simply believe what the Bible says anymore?"
---Warwick on 1/31/13


Leon, you said,

"You are so demanding & impatient Mark! :) (James 1) The way I figure it, you're just trying to set me up for an upset (more ridicule) because in your heart you're really not ready (wanting) to see it."

I promise I am not setting you up. I promise I am ready to hear what you have to say about the fruit. I am ready to see it, and wanting to know. So please tell me. I was sick this morning after I read what Kathr wrote and what Nana wrote, yesterday I was sick by what Steveng wrote again against the gathering of believers. But today I prayed at 1 am already, so I am ready.
---Mark_V. on 1/31/13


The fruit was CHOCOLATE
do you know of any fruit as sinfully delightful as chocolate?
---francis on 1/30/13


Leon, if you know what the fruit was then please tell us! That's all were saying. You make claims that you know what the fruit was and we don't. Then you get into an angry fit and accuse us of "stoning" you when we simply ask you what the fruit was (only because you claimed that it's in the Bible and that you have the answer and because you accuse us of having blind spots for not knowing what the fruit was) Yet you refuse to tell us what the fruit was when we ask. That only suggests to us that you have no idea and are just playing games. Why someone would want to play such a foolish game and act in such a childish way is beneath my level of maturity.
---Jed on 1/30/13


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"Like my Lord, I will stand on God's word (the Bible) & won't tolerate foolishness." Leon

"Two men went up into the temple to pray, the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased, and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted."
Luke 18:10-14
---christan on 1/30/13


Chris: Consider this. Jesus didn't stand for foolishness. He called men unclean, superficial & liars (hypocrites). He called Herod a dog (fox)! He upbraided (reproved) His disciples regularly. Should we, as Christians, do any less?

Yes, I was harsh with atheist. He/she has been on C'net for quite a while & the agenda is always the same: "staunch" unbelief in God. Atheist chooses not to believe, but is intent on bringing confusion to C'net discussions. Like my Lord, I will stand on God's word (the Bible) & won't tolerate foolishness. :)
---Leon on 1/30/13


You are so demanding & impatient Mark! :) (James 1) The way I figure it, you're just trying to set me up for an upset (more ridicule) because in your heart you're really not ready (wanting) to see it. You're too distracted by what you think you know. So, the best way you can figure it out is to seek the answer from the Lord, not me. Then, if He shows you, you'll know that you know for yourself.

We're all at different levels in our Christian walk & what makes sense to some doesn't register in the hearts & minds of others until they progress to given higher levels of understanding. Life is like that, isn't it? :)

Peace, please!!!
---Leon on 1/30/13


Elena, with all the complete Scriptures we have received from the Holy Spirit in the form of the Holy Bible, we today are much more privileged to have the complete will and plan of God revealed to us.

If you were to ask me, yes, the fall of man was God's plan and that's because Peter tells us, "But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world" 1 Peter 1:19,20 - meaning God was only going to glorify His Son which the fall of man is a must.

There's no need for us then to think and believe otherwise.
---christan on 1/30/13


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Wise Leon, I suppose you belong to the first group,

"There are people who know & know that they know. Follow them as they follow Jesus..."

Since you must belong to the first group for they follow Jesus, that means that you know that you know. And since you follow Jesus, you should edify your brothers on what you know, so what kind of fruit was it? I am still waiting to hear your answer and how you avoided the (blind spot) you mention others have.
---Mark_V. on 1/30/13


Leon - "Well now, listen to you oh great font of flowing atheist wisdumb!" I really hope this is not how you witness to atheists you meet in person because, for sure, they will not desire what you possess if you do.

Regarding your question. I can never understand why people feel a need to know what the fruit was. "Do NOT eat the fruit of that tree" should be enough.

They ignored the order and the rest is history. We know that disobedience is punished in one way or another.
---Rita_H on 1/30/13


Bro.Christian, with all respect if I may, deep down in my mind I felt maybe he give them the orders Not to touch that tree. ..to see if they really adore Him, obey or to test them to see if they could be TRUSTED! Just an idea..
Love of Jesus, ELENA
---ELENA on 1/29/13


"If it was a metaphor then all the trees were likewise. So what did they eat if all the trees were metaphors?" Warwick

Who even said what happened in Eden was a "metaphor"? Both you and Leon are leading us to where the serpent lead Adam and Eve... the failure to believe God in His Word He has graciously given to us.

Rather then discuss the disobedience Adam and Eve committed toward God and what it did to mankind, and believinh God we are sinners in need of repentance and faith in Christ for salvation - all you and Leon simply want to do is go supermarket shopping for fruits.

And I'm very sure that's not God's will for us to learn in what happened at Eden - to wonder what the fruit was.
---christan on 1/29/13


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Leon, your last comment is what you are, meaning, you're actually speaking for yourself. Better still, this is what Christ declared:

"The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!" Matthew 5:22,23

Instead of using Scripture to make your point, you simply just ramble on with your own philosophy. Which is no where even close to Christ's.

In that aspect, at least atheist makes more sense then you. At least he doesn't even pretend to be a believer.
---christan on 1/29/13


"There are people who know & know that they know, but they don't know but only think they know."
---atheist on 1/29/13


Well now, listen to you oh great font of flowing atheist wisdumb! And just how do you know that you know that illogical piece of gobbbledygook oh grate & pitiful atheist? :)
---Leon on 1/29/13


There are people who know & know that they know, but they don't know but only think they know.
---atheist on 1/29/13


FOR THE TRUE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST ON CHRISTIANET

There are people who know & know that they know. Follow them as they follow Jesus...

There are people who know, but don't know that they know. Awaken (remind) them...

There are people who don't know & know they don't know. They are teachable...

Then alas, there are people who don't know & don't know they don't know. That's so very sad! Don't argue/debate or engage them otherwise. Instead, pray in earnest for them:

Lord soften stony hearts, open blinded eyes & the dull of hearing ears of many contentious (angry & self-righteous) bloggers here at Christianet. In Jesus' name. Amen!!!
---Leon on 1/29/13


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Leon, I agree. As I see it the tree from which Adam and Eve were forbidden to eat was one of the real trees God created, as Genesis 2:8,9 shows us. If it was a metaphor then all the trees were likewise. So what did they eat if all the trees were metaphors? It makes no sense does it.

As I have said before the confusion of the 'metaphor group' stems from their having faith in the ever-changing 'scientific' opinions of falible sinful man, not in the word of our perfect God who does not lie, nor make mistakes. What will they do when current evolutionary beliefs are discarded? Will they return to trusting God? I don't think they will as they are on a slippery slope to unbelief and their are no stairs to climb back to faith.
---Warwick on 1/29/13


Leon, you say to me,

"You're a smart fella, so just maybe you can figure it out for yourself. Or do you just want to argue when my comments conflict with what you think?".

What I figured out is that you posted questions that have no answers in Scripture. Then you get angry when people give you answer you do not like, because that was not what you were looking for. Here you mention the answers are there but people have blind spots so do not see them, and suggested you might be able to give us the answer. Just like on the blog concerning Cain in the land of Nod. Or the wedding feast that Jesus attended, who the bridegroom was. This questions can only bring suppositions and opinions not the Truth.
---Mark_V. on 1/29/13


"The issue is do you & other bloggers know the answer?" Leon

Do you? You sound like a dog chasing it's own tail and still doesn't realise it's your tail you're chasing. Why not shut everyone up here by telling us what you know about what kind of fruit it was?

YOU CAN'T! That's because God never revealed it to us. So why even pretend you know what it was? Lucifer thought he could challenge God forgetting that he was just a created being by God. He used that to fool Adam and Eve, telling them they "will be like God". No need to tell you the outcome.

Smell the similarity between you and him? PRIDE! Just so you know, that's the smell of death.
---christan on 1/29/13


Mark: You're a smart fella, so just maybe you can figure it out for yourself. Or do you just want to argue when my comments conflict with what you think?

To put this whole thing into perspective, I asked the blog question. Whether or not I alluded to knowing the answer isn't the issue. The issue is do you & other bloggers know the answer? If you don't, say so without whining, ridiculing & badgering me for an answer. Either you can answer (figure out) the blog question or you can't. If not, maybe you should give it a rest & be willing to learn something you don't know. Otherwise, I have nothing for you.

Whatever the fruit was, it appealed to Adam & Eve. No, I don't believe it was an apple! :)
---Leon on 1/29/13


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"Leon, I don't know what the fruit was, but am confident it was a real fruit."

No doubt Warwick! The way I figure it, it was definitely real fruit growing on a real tree. :)
---Leon on 1/29/13


Brother MarkV, I know you were being sarcastic but I was only using your reply to say what I wanted to say to Leon, indirectly. My sincere apologies for confusing you, please forgive me.

As for Haz, he actually believe that Adam and Eve "became like God in terms of knowing good and evil", which is untrue. That's because only God has the knowledge of good and evil. No one else. "Eating of the fruit" as Jan4378 says "In human experience people cannot eat any natural food and become wise." which I agree.

To express then His knowledge, He then creates good and evil to show us what they are for our knowledge and understanding of who He is.
---christan on 1/29/13


Leon, I carry no stones, only questions and answers. Here is what you said,

" However, I think the Bible may mention the type of fruit it was, but because it's in plain sight many of us tend to overlook it. That's probably because we humans have all kinds of preconceived ideas (blind spots) regarding what "the Bible says"."

First, you indicated you might have the answer, Second, you suggest many do not see it because they have a preconceived ideas. Third, but somehow you might be able to see through the blind spot). Forth, you wrote the post, then tells us about our blind spots, so you had an idea what you were going to say. So I ask, what is the fruit? That's all, nothing to get all shook-up about.
---Mark_V. on 1/29/13


Leon, why do you post questions just to go around insulting and name-calling those who answer your question?
---Jed on 1/29/13


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Leon, I don't know what the fruit was, but am confident it was a real fruit.

I am always bothered by those who try to write off the foundational book of Genesis, as nonFactual. Thomas Huxley the non-believer thought the same, long ago. "I soon lose my way when I try to follow those who walk delicately among 'types' and allegories. A certain passion for clearness forces me to ask, bluntly, whether the writer means to say that Jesus did not believe the stories in question, or that he did? When Jesus spoke, as of a matter of fact, that the Flood came and destroyed them all, did he believe that the Deluge really took place, or not?
Thomas Huxley (Darwins Bulldog), Science and Hebrew Tradition Essays 1, p. 232, 1897.
---Warwick on 1/28/13


"Leon, I don't think we are trying to "stone" you. The way you worded it made it sound as if you thought the Bible did say what the fruit was and you had the answer. We all were just waiting to hear from you this fruit supposedly was. I think we all misunderstood what you were saying. I think we all thought you meant that you knew the answer."
---Jed on 1/28/13


Are you the self-appointed spokesman for the "weenies" Jed? What an unfruitful bunch! :)
---Leon on 1/28/13


The forbidden fruit is knowledge.
---Follower_of_Christ on 1/28/13


\\Whether something is a metaphor or allegory on the one hand and historical on the other can usually be told from the context.\\

May I also point out that something can be a metaphor or story, and still convey truth.

Example: the story of the boy who falsely cried, "Wolf!" so many times that he wasn't believed when the wolf finally appeared and destroyed the flocks.

Was this historically true? Maybe yes, maybe no. But the point still is true: Repeated lying destroys one credibility.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 1/28/13


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"there was no forbibben fruit,but the tree of knowledge of good & evil was forbibben to eat of."
---lionel on 1/28/13


Eat of what Lionel ~ leaves, branches, bark, roots?!!! :D
---Leon on 1/28/13


Leon, I don't think we are trying to "stone" you. The way you worded it made it sound as if you thought the Bible did say what the fruit was and you had the answer. We all were just waiting to hear from you this fruit supposedly was. I think we all misunderstood what you were saying. I think we all thought you meant that you knew the answer.
---Jed on 1/28/13


there was no forbibben fruit,but the tree of knowledge of good & evil was forbibben to eat of.
---lionel on 1/28/13


Jed: I said the Bible "may" mention what type. I didn't say the Bible did mentioned the type. Yet, I'm being stoned by you, Murk, Cluny, etc., (the religious mob) with sarcasm. (Mk. 8:18)

Glory to Jesus Christ, eh Cluny?! :/
---Leon on 1/28/13


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In human experience people cannot eat any natural food and become wise.

God's word is the only way to become wise. Eating it is a metaphor in many places in the Bible.

The tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Hebrews 5:13-14 gives us the Biblical equivalent.

Fire can be dangerous or beneficial.

The tree and the fruit were God's, to give according to his will and instructions, for our benefit. The sin was to eat of it by independent decision and natural reasoning apart from God.
---jan4378 on 1/28/13


Christan. Why would you think God is sarcastic? Can you quote scriptures to support your claim of God's alleged sarcasm (if that is truly what you believe)?

BTW, Adam/Eve became like God in terms of knowing good and evil. Once they got this then God kept them away from the tree of Life (Jesus), so that they could not have everlasting life.

It's EITHER grace OR works of the law (Rom 11:6). You CAN'T mix them.

Also note Rev 20:12-15. EITHER your judged by the books of the law OR your in the book of Life (Jesus)
---Haz27 on 1/28/13


Bro. Christan, I was been sarcastic. That was all, I could not help it when I saw the question and Leon's answer.
What you and many others here say is true. But Leon, tells us he knows, others are blind.
I take the same thing that you did out of the first two chapters. Trying to make something appear in detail what is not there, is only for those who want to make something out of nothing. The purpose for the tree was not so that we could find out what kind of tree it was, but the disobedience of eating from the tree God told him not to eat from. That should be good enough for everyone, but it seems like it isn't, that is what some guys here mention other people before Adam. Peace brother
---Mark_V. on 1/28/13


What was the Genesis 3 forbidden fruit?

---Leon on 1/26/13
Same as today:
CHOCOLATE

When was the last time you saw a chocolate tree?
---francis on 1/28/13


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Leon, since you claim to have the answers as to what particular type of fruit it was, why don't you enlighten us now.
---Jed on 1/28/13


Mark & Cluny: You guys are more fun than a barrel of monkeys!!! :D No, the fruit wasn't bananas!
---Leon on 1/28/13


Brother MarkV, what's important between Genesis 2 & 3 is what happened prior to the fall of man. I take away from reading the two chapters:
1. How gracious God was when He gave Adam dominion over all of His creation and even fed him (His common grace epressed.
2. God warned Adam about the serious consequence of disobedience (Gen 2:17) toward Him.
3. The marriage of the man and woman - which the man Adam failed to love and protect his wife.
4. The curse and then the Gospel (the promise of salvation)
5. The death of man's communication with God when Adam was driven out from His presence, signifying spiritual annihilation from God

And we're discussing what the kind of "forbidden fruit" is it was? Seriously?
---christan on 1/28/13


"Eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil results in: "your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil" Gen 3:5" Haz

First of all, it was the serpent and not God who said that. And it would not have resulted in man becoming like "God". This is what Christ declared: "He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." John 8:44

As for Genesis 3:22 - do you really think it was for real or maybe God was being "sarcastic" since Adam believed in the serpent rather than Him (Genesis 2:17)?
---christan on 1/28/13


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Leon, the only way you could make the case that the fruit is identified in Genesis is if you are among those here that believe the fruit is a metaphor and not an actual fruit from an actual fruit tree. However, this is not Biblical.
---Jed on 1/28/13


Leon, you are killing me. I am dying waiting for the answer. It was there in front of all of us and we were just too blind to see it. Today we will have the answer. And we will see for the first time what kind of fruit it was. I'm glad you can see.
---Mark_V. on 1/28/13


\\That's probably because we humans have all kinds of preconceived ideas (blind spots) regarding what "the Bible says".
---Leon on 1/27/13
\\

Of course, you never have preconceived ideas or blind spots about what the Bible says, do you, Leon?

Whether something is a metaphor or allegory on the one hand and historical on the other can usually be told from the context.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 1/28/13


Warwick: What was the Genesis 3 forbidden fruit? Thank you sir. :)
---Leon on 1/27/13


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"What was the Genesis 3 forbidden fruit?"
Although the fruit is not specifically identified, one thing is certain, it was not the physically consumable fruit we know and enjoy today. For every fruit known today yields seed. And as it is written "God said, "See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed, to you it shall be for food." Gen 1:29 The tree of life as well as the tree of the knowledge of good and evil are clearly distinguished from ordinary "fruit trees" by the single word also. 2:9
---Josef on 1/27/13


Eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil results in:
"your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil" Gen 3:5
"the Lord God said, Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil" Gen 3:22
"in the day that you eat of it you shall surely DIE."Gen 2:17

Likewise, the wages of sin (transgression of the law, 1John 3:4) is DEATH.

The tree of knowledge of good and evil is the law.

Adam/Eve sought to establish their own righteousness.

The tree of Life is Jesus Christ. To eat of this tree results in everlasting life (Gen3:22).
---Haz27 on 1/28/13


Christan, I believe that Leon has the answer. Isn't that great? It could be as he says,

" I think the Bible may mention the type of fruit it was, but because it's in plain sight many of us tend to overlook it. That's probably because we humans have all kinds of preconceived ideas (blind spots) regarding what "the Bible says"

We all have overlook it. I guess it is our preconceived minds. We just have to get rid of those thoughts. In a little time we will learn the Truth of what kind of fruit it was that Adam ate. I am so happy on this Monday.
---Mark_V. on 1/28/13


Leon, what kind of fruit does the Bible say it is? Perhaps I am overlooking something but the only thing I've been able to find about it is "the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil".
---Jed on 1/28/13


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There are many who prefer antiBiblical man-made views of our origins i.e long ages/evolution therefore they are forced to reject the early chapters of Genesis as history, considering it poetry or metaphor which better fits with their disastrous compromise. Disastrous? Indeed:if sin was not historic reality, but also a metaphor (be consistent) then there is no historical foundation for sin in Genesis. Therefore the NT is wrong on this account, see for example 1 Corinthians 15:22 and Romans 5:verse 12 to the end. And Jesus did not know as He came and died to overthrow the physical results (see Romans 8:20-22) of sin. Once you fiddle with the foundation the 'building' falls-see Psalm 11:3.
---Warwick on 1/27/13


...I agree with Steveng about the particular type of fruit not being important. The Bible doesn't specifically say so I think if it mattered the Bible would have mentioned what type it was. We will simply never know. It might have been a fruit that we have never known. It may have been a one-of-a-kind fruit that was specific only to that tree."
---Jed on 1/27/13


Thanks for the enlightenment Jed regarding Steveng's comments. However, I think the Bible may mention the type of fruit it was, but because it's in plain sight many of us tend to overlook it. That's probably because we humans have all kinds of preconceived ideas (blind spots) regarding what "the Bible says".
---Leon on 1/27/13


Jed, I agree with you. If we reduce the fruit here to metaphore, then do we also take the crusifiction as such? Or perhaps the crossing of the Red Sea, etc., or Adam's rib. In Genesis we are dealing with historical people, Abraham, Issac, Yaakov, etc., if thier lives and actions are literal, the Gen 3 story, which is in the same book, is also to be taken as such.
---dovidacher on 1/27/13


Leon, I think Steveng was referring to the other bloggers who responded to your question who said the fruit was a metaphor and not a real fruit or a real tree :)

But I agree with Steveng about the particular type of fruit not being important. The Bible doesn't specifically say so I think if it mattered the Bible would have mentioned what type it was. We will simply never know. It might have been a fruit that we have never known. It may have been a one-of-a-kind fruit that was specific only to that tree.
---Jed on 1/27/13


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Steveng: I really didn't mean to insult your intelligence. :) So, are you saying if it were specifically an apple, orange, fig, banana, etc., it's not important for us to know that & all we really need to know is it was, in general terms, just a fruit? Also, I'm not sure I know where you're coming from with your statements about metaphors since I didn't allude to such.

By the way, I'm not trying to argue (debate, pick a fight). I am very much interested in respectfully reasoning with you & other bloggers so we may all gain a better understanding of what Scripture says.

Peace Bro!
---Leon on 1/27/13


Another frivolous debate.

So, what was the Genesis 3 forbidden fruit?

Simply, a fruit.

A fruit that looked good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, a fruit to make one wise. And Eve took the fruit and did eat and gave it to her husband, Adam, to eat. It surely doesn't sound like a metaphor. One cannot eat a metaphor.
---Steveng on 1/27/13


"What was the Genesis 3 forbidden fruit?"
Leon after giving this question some more thought I would like to expound upon my previous post. Perhaps the 'fruit' as that which was produced of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, was man thinking himself to have become as one who knows that which is good and/or evil. With that knowledge being based on that which is sensually perceived and/or considered. Gen 3:7-11
---joseph on 1/27/13


Why is everyone saying that the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the fruit are metaphors? Does no one simply believe what the Bible says anymore? The Bible does not say it was some sort of metaphor or parable. It actually happened. It was a real tree with real fruit which Adam and Eve actually ate. They really were naked and God really did make them real clothes to cover their nakedness. People suggesting this story is just a metaphor call the Bible a fictional story.
---Jed on 1/27/13


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Kiwi, yuck I hate that stuff.

Just kidding.

I do believe it was an actual fruit. In reality we are not told and therefore our knowledge of it's name is irrelavent. My guess is there is only one tree like that in the world and it is in the center of the Garden of Eden.
---trey on 1/27/13


The fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, which clearly is a metaphorical or allegorical name.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 1/26/13


Leon I am sure that you know that scripture does not directly identify the fruit. 'I' personally believe that the fruit was an inspired thought that led to an action based on, and guided solely by, a misconceived knowledge gained through the perceptions of the senses.
"So when the woman saw that the tree was good for 'food', (as in "mental nourishment and/or stimulus"), that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its 'fruit' (as that which was produced of that sense knowledge evidence) and 'ate'." Gen 3:6 In other words she mentally devoured, and acted upon, the concept of "the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life". 1 john 2:15,16
---joseph on 1/26/13


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