This may completely shatter the reputation of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. It’s something he himself wrote which you can find at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG) — Hambo’s creationist ministry. The title is What Was the “Forbidden Fruit” in Genesis? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
In Genesis chapter 2, we read about a real tree, with real fruit, that grew in the Garden of Eden — the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. [Ooooooooooooh! The tree and the fruit were real!] Adam was told he could eat from any tree in the garden except that one tree.
This is exciting! What happened then? Hambo says:
Many people wonder what the fruit on that tree looked like, with a popular option being an apple. A recent headline from LiveScience even asked, “Was the ‘forbidden fruit’ in the Garden of Eden really an apple?” So, was it?
Hambo’s got you all wondering — what was that fruit? He tells us:
Well, the LiveScience article correctly states, “Nobody knows because the Hebrew Bible just says ‘fruit.’” In the article (which treated Genesis like an interesting legend, not as real history), the author offers a few suggestions from various scholars (such as fig, wheat, grapes, or citron) and sum up the history of how an apple might have become associated with the biblical narrative.
That article treated Genesis as a mere legend? That’s horrible! Hambo quotes from a 2010 article written by his son-in-law, Bodie Hodge, who said that in Hebrew, the words for evil and apple are very different, although they’re quite similar in Latin. He guesses that the Latin similarity may be the cause of the confusion. After that bit of enlightenment, Hambo says:
So the fruit that was “good for food” and “pleasant to the eyes” probably was not an apple. But we do know that it was a real fruit, growing on a real tree, in real history — [It’s all real!] and the impact of the rebellious eating of that fruit is still felt acutely today by every single person (in fact, the whole creation).
No doubt about it! Hambo explains:
You see, Adam and Eve’s choice to sin against their Creator brought death and suffering into God’s once “very good” creation. Now creation groans, waiting for the coming of Christ and the new heavens and new earth he will create (Romans 8:22).
Hambo continues for a few paragraphs with an ark-load of preaching about how to achieve salvation. We can skip that because we know you’re going to click over there to read it for yourself. But now that we’re finished with Hambo’s post, we’re left with a mystery: What was the forbidden fruit?
Have no fear, dear reader. Your Curmudgeon has the answer. How do we know what that fruit was when Hambo himself doesn’t know? We were told by the Cosmic Aardvark. Are you ready to learn what it was? Okay, just remember where you got this information. The forbidden fruit was an Eggplant . Wikipedia has lots of pictures of the things. They are truly ugly.
Okay, dear reader. Now you know more than Hambo. And you learned it from a reliable source — the Cosmic Aardvark. Now go forth and spread the word!
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