The produce of which is also called the forbidden fruit, and like the tree, is reference to Genesis 2:16-17
And the Lord God gave the man orders, saying, You may freely take of the fruit of every tree of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you may not take; for on the day when you take of it, death will certainly come to you.
Certainly no one can deny that death has 'come to us' as it would be astonishing to find a fellow human who was unaware of the inevitability of their own coming death. So when I suggest that prior to our partaking of this forbidden fruit we did not know death, do not mistake that to mean that I believe death didn't exist, but understand that "death" as you and I know it, is only a thought concept in our consciousness. Most of us have probably been eyewitness to the death of others during our lifetimes, but as for truly knowing exactly what "death" is, we must confess to zero knowledge. NDE's are about as close as we've come to truly knowing.
So back to the point and the poll... what do you think this forbidden fruit was/is. Do you believe in a literal interpretation of Genesis, or do you perceive it as parabalic and allegorical? Knowledge obviously is a product of the functions of the mind, so at first glance, it would seem to me to be purely allegorical. However, due to my own personal experiences with entheogens, I can now see it as an allegory to something which literally transforms the entire construct and functions of the mind's apparatus for acquiring, processing, and storing Knowledge.
So, here is the premise as put forth by I.N. Galidakis:
The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil as an Allegory for Cannabis
Cannabis is the plant that "God" warned humans not to eat from, in the Garden of Eden. Genesis () 2:16-17: "And the Lord God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.".
Why this analogy? Why was Cannabis The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and not the Tree of Life, for example? Well, God Himself declares after the fall in Genesis 3:22: "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.". The previous passage implies immediately that whatever it was Adam and Eve ate from, was not "The Tree of Life". For if it was, man would become (by the words of God Himself, above) immortal ("...and live forever"). After eating from the plant, not only man did not became immortal, he instead started dying, according to Genesis 3:19: "until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return". Do you know of any Cannabis consumers who are immortal? No? Neither does this author.
Since there were only two important plants in the garden (the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life) and Cannabis is one of the naturally important plants, Cannabis must have been "The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil".
The underlying metaphor is that to those who are unaware of the more spiritual truths behind enlightenment and to those bound by the material worldly "system", Cannabis is a "dangerous" plant because it causes mind alterations which force the consumer to question the deep nature of things via deep insights, including law, order and the very foundations of the system itself. When people question such things, usually anarchy occurs and the latter is far from desirable.
While the connection is somewhat obvious, several people, including Christians who study the Bible usually do not acknowledge it. This probably stems from the fact that most people interpret literally God's "warning" as an explicit prohibition. This "warning" is the ancient Hebrews' effort to screen the unworthy ones from the profound insights that Cannabis provides.
Cannabis qualifies as a "tree of the knowledge of good and evil", and consuming it qualifies as a "Holy Communion", precisely because it's inherently tied to two key notions which are related to its consumption: Choice (with regard to wanting to experience The Truth), and revelation (of The Truth).
I welcome any and all thoughts from any and all perspectives as pertains to the tree and its fruit.
Obviously, I am a Cannabis consumer with a deep love for Christ, and all truth which that implies.
Just thought it would be an interesting poll to see where this stands among the thoughts of my breathren ;-)
Addendum: The polling choices are some of the other various interpretations I have heard over the years, and of course the "other" for that which I haven't. Also willing to entertain discussion that can tie Julian Assange and Wikileaks into the the theme of this article. Also would like to note that a parallel theory exists to this one of cannabis, that being psychedelic mushrooms. There is ample evidence of early gnostic Christian sects that practiced mushroom sacrament. I'll just leave it at that, with this little diddy called Marble Tulip Juicy Tree ........ by Ween.