The tree of knowledge of good and evil does not refer to a physical tree and physical fruit. But it is an allegory that captures the concept of the development of “consciousness”. The awakening of the perceptive ability to differentiate. Good and evil are just analogies for the capacity to perceive contrasts, to distinguish subtleties, and thus to discriminate between varieties of energy, beings, and manifestations of forms.
A baby puts everything in its mouth because it cannot distinguish anything. It wants to “taste” it to come the consciousness of the difference. Only from this awakened consciousness will the child develop the knowledge of how to use it. By contrast, an adult does not eat sand because it knows the difference. So the tree embraces the concept of an immanent thirst for the knowledge that lies in spiritual consciousness.
Also, the admonition to not eat the fruit because “thou shalt surely die” has nothing to do with physical death. In sooth, death is not a cessation but only a transition, a transformation into a different state of experience. When a person “dies” on earth, the inner soul is just released. When water decomposes, the indwelling hydrogen and oxygen particles are just released from the bond…but they continue existing individually. Thus energy cannot be created nor destroyed (die), only transformed.
Since this happening did not take place on earth, the “thou shalt die” merely captures the concept of a natural release of the human spirit from a higher plane, i.e. existing bond, for the commencement of the journey that permits the entrance into a field of experience wherein the inherent thirst for knowledge (consciousness) can be granted. And this field where experience is possible that grants personal knowledge is the earth. So it faintly captures the process of the human spirits journey from on high toward the earth to incarnate and mature through experiences.
Jesus revealed this and more in the parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16), and the parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32).
~Ikenna Q Ezealah