Most of us have heard that Adam and Eve ate an apple, in the Garden of Eden. The truth of the matter is that they got bad information from Satan, the devil (the serpent). God warned them of this. He cautioned, "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." (Genesis 2:17) They disobeyed, not by eating an apple but they ate false information (food for thought).
After talking to the serpent and accepting his false message "...ye shall not surely die" (Genesis 3:4), Adam and Eve hid themselves--knowing that they were naked. When God came he asked them..."who told thee that thou was naked..." (Genesis 3:11) This reveals that this was not a literal tree but an informative one bearing (bad) knowledge. Instead of eating the true knowledge from God they ate falsehood from Satan. In Hosea 10:13, God informs us that his people had... "eaten the fruit of lies..."
Jesus himself warned us about eating lies saying, ..."beware of false prophets... ye shall know them by their fruits..." (Matthew 7:15,16). Now let's be realistic, men are not walking around with apples hanging off of their limbs, but they are dispersing knowledge, supposedly from God. Many hold back the true knowledge because he said again, "...ye have taken away the key of knowledge..." (Luke 11:52) Yes, true knowledge is the key and without it we are locked out. The prophet exclaimed, "my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge..." (Hosea 4:6) This is why Jesus told us, "man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." (Matthew 4:4) God's word is edible with the mind and we must consume it to live. "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life". (John 6:63)
We must avoid eating the many lies (not apples) that are preached (many even in the name of Jesus). We can no longer accept at face value the doctrines and traditions of men. Yes, true knowledge is the key. If we ask, seek and knock for it God will provide. He has already promised "...I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding." (Jeremiah 3:15)