By definition, a logic bomb is a piece of programming code added to the software of an application or operating system that lies dormant until a predetermined period of time (i.e., a period of latency) or event occurs, triggering the code into action. Logic bombs typically are malicious in intent, acting in the same ways as a virus or Trojan horse, once activated.
I actually had to looked up the definition of a ‘logic bomb’ because the term came to mind when in a discussion concerning the purposes of the warning passages in scripture I was trying to explain the importance that words spoken by Jesus might impact the discussion. I wanted to find out if there was such a thing and how it would be defined.
The possible logic bomb:
Point 1 – Jesus said said those who believe in Him (his sheep) will never perish or face condemnation, having passed from death to life. (John 10:28 & John 5:34)
Point 2 – Any losing, forfeiting, throwing away, falling away, jumping out of the Father’s hand etc. means, by default, ‘perishing’.
Point 3 – None of the above ‘perishing’ examples will actually happen, because Jesus says they won’t.
Point 4 – All of the warning passages (which are all true), that seem to say a genuine believer could actually wake up in Hell (for one of the aforementioned subjects of Point 2) must serve another purpose in scripture.
Well, there was an event that triggered it – a discussion with my daughter and son-in-law that for the most part was batting warning scriptures and assurance scriptures back and forth. You can imagine how that was going. During the match, the fact that Jesus said, in plain words that have certain meanings “they (his sheep) shall ‘never perish’ ” exploded into my brain housing group. When that happened, all I could utter to continued warning passages tossed my way was “but didn’t Jesus say. . .?”
I guess you could say that there was a trigger and an explosion, but does that make it a logic bomb? Well, was it malicious in nature?
To me it certainly was not because I had been tossing the ‘assurance’ balls over the net. It might have been to my discussion opponent because it ‘maliciously’ attacked the operating system which asserts dogmatically that salvation, once possessed, could ever be reversed.
What it did do for me was settle the issue in my mind and heart. If Jesus meant what he said, the matter was closed and I never again would need to engage in length debate or animated discussions that don’t go very far. All I need to input into the data stream is “But didn’t Jesus say. . .they will never perish?” and let God take it from there.
So does it qualify as a logic bomb? You be the judge.