Theodicy is the theological term for the problem of evil. If God is all wise, all good, and all loving, how could it have NOT been sin for God to have created beings with the potential for sin? Every conservative evangelical will agree that God is sinless! The question of the origin of evil, and more, the meaning of evil, is far less agreed upon. This is an age-old question that has been debated in classrooms, pews, and coffee shops. There exists a range of responses to this question from "It is because of man's free will," to "I think it was an accident that God didn't forsee," to "It is not sin that God will that sin be."
I've never heard a more biblically sound response than that given by my pastor, John Piper, at a recent conference. Personally, I have stood for the latter of the three responses listed above for quite some time. In light of Pastor John's sermon, I am even more thoroughly convinced than ever! This sermon was given as the final message at the "Suffering and the Sovereignty of God" 2005 National Conference. You can visit the link below and scroll down to the sermon titled, "The Sovereignty of God and the Sufferings of Christ" to listen for free.
We will praise our "Throat-Slit" Lamb forever! - Revelation 5:12