So here is something that has been exercising my mind lately.
Are some people destined to be evil? To spread evil? To promote and encourage it in others?
Let's look at this another way.
Some people believe in God, or indeed in other religions. They believe in doing good towards others and live by that maxim.
Most people, I think, want the same things from life. To live peacefully as best they can. To have the wherewithal to look after themselves and their families. To have food, shelter, health and so on.
Few people set out in life with the whole purpose of causing havoc, suffering and pain to others.
Yet, the world has known some really evil people through the ages who, for various reasons, have wreaked havoc far an wide.
My question is: Are/were these people destined to follow the path of evil? Are they in this world to be receptive to the call of evil, (Satan), and to do his work? Or did they freely choose that path, and the devil took advantage of their direction in life and helped them along the way?
In summary: pre-destined or free choice?
"And now I am coming to you; I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world. Holy Father! Keep them safe by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one just as you and I are one. While I was with them, I kept them safe by the power of your name, the name you gave me. I protected them, and not one of them was lost, except the man who was bound to be lost—so that the scripture might come true. (John 17:11-12)
Was Judas, (and others like him since then), destined to do evil? Or did he/they have a free choice to choose to do good instead?