cause of sin??? In dealing with the problem of evil, I've heard it argued from the Calvinist point of view that God's design of a world of sin and in need of redemption is the way he can demonstrate his own righteousness, love, and wrath; without the presence of sin this would be impossible to understand and appreciate. (cf. Rom. 3:5; 5:8; and 9:22) 2 passages stuck out in my mind in my recent Bible reading: • Prov. 16:4 – The LORD has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble. • Isa. 45:7 – I form light and create darkness, I make peace and create evil, I am the LORD, who does all these things. Obviously, like all texts, there are multiple ways to translate these phrases that get around what many would call a reprehensible idea. But kept in its most simplest terms, it seems to say that God ordained this world just as it is. He is the ultimate cause of everything including evil. Here is a video of J. MacArthur making this argument. http://www.ligonier.org/learn/confe...erence/the-problem-of-evil-3948/?format=video Any other Calvies comfortable with this idea that God is the ultimate cause of everything including evil (may be a more nuanced and correct way to say that)???????