Bible Q & A
What was the forbidden fruit? I have been told that it was sex.
There are all kinds of weird ideas concerning
the forbidden fruit. Theologians have argued
for centuries about the tree of life and the
tree of knowledge of good and evil. Were they
literal trees with literal fruit or simply
symbolic of something else?
The Bible is very clear on this point.
Genesis 2, verses 8 and 9 states that God
planted a garden in Eden and in the garden
he caused to grow “every tree that is
pleasant to the sight, and good for food;
the tree of life also in the midst of the
garden, and the tree of knowledge of good
and evil” (verse 9). Nothing could be
plainer. The tree of life and the tree of
knowledge of good and evil were literal
What type of fruit did these trees produce?
The Bible simply does not say. The fable
that the forbidden fruit was an apple that
lodged in Adam’s throat is just that--a
Was the forbidden fruit symbolic of sex as
you were told? Absolutely not! God is the
creator of marriage and reproduction.
Genesis 1:28 reads “and God blessed them,
and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and
multiply, and replenish the earth…” God
would not have told Adam and Eve to be
fruitful and multiply and then label the
reproductive process sin! For God to do
this does not make sense.
Marital sex is not evil or sinful. It is
good (Gen. 1:31). In Hebrews 13:4 we are
told “marriage is honorable in all, and the
bed undefiled…” This verse plainly refers
to the sexual relationship within marriage.
The first sin was a matter of disobedience
to God’s instructions. God used two literal
trees to test Adam to see whether or not he
would obey his Creator. The tree of life
which was feely offered to Adam and Eve
symbolized the availability of God’s Holy
Spirit. If Adam and Eve would have eaten
the fruit of this tree, God would have given
them His Holy spirit and ultimately eternal
life. The tree of the knowledge of good and
evil, on the other hand, symbolized
disobedience. When Adam and Eve ate of the
fruit of this tree, their disobedience cut
them off form the Creator and they embarked
on a course of false education that produced
sin and death.
After Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate of
the forbidden fruit, “the eyes of them both
were opened” and they became ashamed of
their nakedness. But to assume sex was
involved in the devil’s tempting is to read
something into Genesis 3:7 which simply is
not there! They were ashamed mentally
because they had disobeyed their loving
Creator. They now felt vulnerable, ashamed
and sinful. They wanted to run and hide from
God who had made them and given the life
They were also ashamed physically due to
Satan’s doctrine that sex is shameful. It
was Satan who had given Eve the idea that
there was something shameful about their
nakedness! Notice God said, “who told thee
that thou was naked?...” (verse11). The
only other “who” around at that time was
Satan the devil!