Thoughts can be good or bad for us, but outside of the Bible, I don't see that a thought can actually be declared good or bad (as in evil). It's more of a personal thing rather than a Universal "good" or "evil" thing.
Even still, the majority of good and bad acts would still be physical acts, right?
If we have no control over our physical actions, I don't see that we can be said to have "free-will", going by any reasonable definition.
You just cannot remove physical acts from the equation, and if the thought "I will move my arm" is predetermined in the brain before I consciously think it, as the Libet experiments imply, then I cannot see a place for free-will.
Scientifically speaking there is no mechanism by which free-will can exist. We are subject to physical laws just like a rock is, albeit in a far more complex and unpredictable sense.
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"All of our behavior can be traced to biological events about which we have no conscious knowledge: this has always suggested that free will is an illusion."
- Sam Harris