"A good person who comes in touch with wicked people provokes a surge of greater wickedness in them." Said Jesus.
Only wicked people give or take bribes, payola, or other payoffs. The Lord God has commanded us:
"And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the officials, and subverts the cause of those who are in the right." (Exodus 23.8)
And saint Paul tells us, that:
"... wrong-doers [= wicked people] will not inherit the kingdom of God." [I Corinthians 6.9]
This means that they default to inheriting Satan's kingdom, as only two abodes will remain eternally after the Last Judgement: the kingdom of God, Heaven; and the kingdom of Satan, Hell. God has given every man the free will to choose whichever of the two kingdoms he wants to go to, after the end of his earthly life. God has never created anyone a slave.
Every man undergoes three judgements.
The first judgement is made by a man himself, by the way he freely chooses to live on earth. The second judgement is made by Jesus Christ immediately upon a man's earthly death, which occurs when the soul separates itself from the body. And the third judgement occurs at the Last Judgement, at the resurrection of the dead human bodies, when the soul of a man re-unites itself with its original body: to become either beautiful and glorious, or ugly and damned. The former for Heaven, and the latter for Hell. After the Last Judgement, the angels will rivet-shut Hell, to remain riveted shut for all endless eternity.
Of course, we all know that old axiom: 'it takes only one bad apple to spoil the whole barrel' - so much for the new false religion of... 'inclusiveness!' It's a very clever snare conceived in Hell by Satan, in order to trip more people into sin and Hell.
At one of the schools I once attended - where the average class size was about 40-50 pupils - we had a severe but just headmaster, who brooked no nonsense. Being a naughty boy resulted in immediate punishment... if caught. Not too many boys thereby stepped out of line, including this writer. One learned very quickly, that the option of being a good boy, without pain, was a lot better, felt a lot better, than being a naughty boy, miserable, with pain. But that headmaster is well and kindly remembered by me as a result of a particular saying of his, almost an axiom.
At a school assembly, he once said to us:
"I don't want you to tell me who you are. Just tell me who your friends are, and then I will tell you who you are."
Saint Paul, of course, has long said something similar:
"... bad company, they say, can corrupt noble minds." (I Corinthians 15.34)
Then there's the example of primogenitor Eve, who thought that she was so strong that she could be in situations conducive to sinning, and not come to sin. She was wrong. Hers was a sin of pride because she did in fact sin, and additionally succeeded in tempting and convincing her companion, Adam, to sin along with her. She succumbed to the alluring temptations of the Serpent: Satan. We should always flee fast from situations that exposes or temps us to sin. For example: It's never a good idea for a guy, to satisfy his curiosity, to go into a room full of naked prostitutes to see what prostitutes do for a living.
There's also the sad example of king Solomon of then Israel who, contrary to the express command of God not to enter into marriage with women who worshipped false gods, did so; and, in due course, succumbed to worshipping his wives' false gods and thence turning away from the true only God. God punished both Solomon and Israel. (I Kings 11) Israel, then at the height of its temporal and financial power, was dismembered after Solomon's death, when his son Rehoboam took over. So much for 'inclusiveness.'
Obviously, people around us can and do shape or distort how we think and act, and this has long been recognised and articulated in the Holy Bible: the Word of God. Avoiding bad company does indeed matter, no matter whoever the bad person may be. Abraham even expelled his own first-born son: Ishmael, from his company. (Genesis 21.12-13)
The solution to avoiding being infected by sinful or savage people, is to avoid them altogether, if at all ever possible, as discussed by Jesus below. One of the new pseudo 'religions' of our times - "inclusiveness" - is, as I have said above, a very clever snare dreamed up in Hell by Satan, the proverbial snake in the grass, in order to trip us all into sin and Hell. Some of Satan's dreams have been taken up, implemented, by many foolish people on earth, by many ignorant uneducated fools - radicals, rebels, anarchists - and made them, Satan's dreams, their very own dreams, e.g. climate change.
Climate change in Hell, did not rob Satan's dream of dragging everyone into Hell.
Jesus, true God and true Man, pursuant to the Gospel that He dictated to holy mystic and 'victim soul,' Maria Valtorta - the "pen of Jesus:"
Jesus Christ elaborates further, thus:
"Separate yourselves from those who are idolaters of Satan, the world, and the flesh. Without disdain, separate yourselves from them. Disdain is of no benefit. It ruins without benefiting. But separate yourselves from them so as not to be infected by them. Love them with the love of redeemers, placing your faith in Christ as a bastion between them and yourselves. You are not strong enough to be able to live in their midst without danger. Too many centuries of increasingly spiritual decay have weakened you. Imitate the early Christians. Be able to live in the world, but isolated from the world by virtue of your love for God.
"And never submit to regarding as a superman [e.g. the licentious] the wretched man who does not differ from the beasts because his best part - the only thing that does not make him worse than a beast - is entirely in instinct.
"The [real Jewish] Prophet says, 'Leave aside, then, the man whose spirit is in his nostrils.' [Isaiah 2.22] I want you to interpret the sentence in this sense. [i.e. in the following sense:] The animal deprived of breath is nothing but unclean remains [= carcass]. Once its nostrils are closed to this breath, it ceases to exist and becomes a carcass.
"There are many men who are not superior to it [i.e. to the animal], having no other life except animal life which lasts as long as breath lasts in them. The spirit is dead [i.e. damned, in mortal sin, set to inhabit Hell], the spirit made for the Heavens. It is thus right to say that there are men whose spirit is the breath of their nostrils and from whom it is best to remain at a distance spiritually so that the breath of Satan and of the bestiality emerging from them will not eat into your humanity and make it like theirs.
"Pray for them, O you blessed ones. That is charity. And that's enough. [Jesus once asked His Apostles to pray for Judas Iscariot.] Words do not enter into those closed to the Word [Jesus]. And do not think that the one fuming and breathing out his overbearance and his pride from his nostrils like a raging beast is sublime [grand, awe-inspiring]. Only those whose spirits are alive and are thus children of God are sublime. The others are poor things whose fictitious elevation [e.g. as some political leaders or authorities] is destined for a great collapse [for Hell] and whose memory does not survive except as the memory of scandal and horror." [e.g. mass murderers such as Hitler, Stalin, Chairman Mao, terrorists, and others.]
Jesus also says to us:
"To have severe words where one would like to have only love is a painful thing. But I said, 'It is love not to allow deviations to occur in justice.' (Romans 11.22)
"Listen, then. When humanity turns you into castaways - external humanity, meaning that of your neighbour, or internal humanity, meaning your own - to come back to the surface, to the shore, to salvation, there is no alternative but to get out of the treacherous, raging sea, in the grasp of contrary winds. How? By isolating oneself. Isolation provides a way to understand God and discern good and evil; in isolation, one can separate what is good from what is not good - in short, it means working, and working on oneself. Dissipation is never good. It is always disorder. Disorder never has God with it. [God, Jesus is Order, who gave us ordered Creation.]
"How can you isolate yourself? The way the sailor does in times of heavy storms - that is, in a peaceful bay. Is it off the course you charted? It does not matter. Anyhow, it has not been established that the course you charted was good. You said it was. And you followed it, not looking at the compass, but your own inclination, in such a fashion that you left port in bad condition from the very start and were set back on course by more than one pilot. And you are going farther and farther off course, wanting to follow your crazy needle. Separate yourself from the world and from the voices of the world to listen to God.
"What value have you attached to the advice of those speaking in My Name? Don't you know that God is on the lips of His servants? And what value did you give to what was handed to you in My Name? One, two, three, a thousand advisers. Babel. One, two, three acts of disobedience. Rebellion. It is useless to call for help if afterwards one does not listen to the voice! Go back, then, to the first advice. Reflect and provide a remedy, if you can. But you cannot any longer. Because it is too late. And you are ruining yourself. You go wandering about looking for comfort. But if they are not of the sort your will desires, you leave them aside. And so? Why do you disobey Me?"
Saint John, who was one of the Twelve Apostles and who was with Jesus Christ for most of His three-years' evangelisation, says to us, that:
"If you are visited by one who does not bring this teaching [Christ's teaching, Christianity] with him, you must not receive him in your houses, or bid him welcome; to bid him welcome is to share the guilt of his doings." (II John 1.10-11)
In the Holy Bible, Jesus says to us:
"It is those I love that I correct and chasten; kindle thy generosity, and repent. See where I stand at the door, knocking; if anyone listens to My Voice and opens the door, I will come in to visit him, and take My supper with him, and he shall sup with Me. Who wins the victory? I will let him share My throne with Me." (Apocalypse 3.19-22)
Jesus wants to reside in us, to be His temple, but only if we are not in sin: 'where Satan is present, Jesus is absent.'
Jesus says to is:
"The Decalogue [= immutable Ten Commandments] is the Law; and My Gospel [not philosophy] is the Doctrine that makes the Law clearer for you and more loving to follow. The Law and My Doctrine would be sufficient to make saints of men."
This counsel of Jesus is usually taken up only by few men and few clerics. Many men and many clerics instead follow philosophy, thereby falling into the trap of thinking, believing, that the 'grass is greener on the other side of the fence.'
The Gospel is living Wisdom, delicious juicy meat, a feast for men that enriches their soul, intellect, and well-being, that sates and satisfies; whereas philosophy is dull imperfect abstractness, lifeless dry bones, a tasteless feast that leaves men unsated and unsatisfied, that leaves their soul poor and their intellect bewildered without bearing, thereby becoming even more famished and empty.
Sadly, many foolish men, including some clergy, prefer the option of having a 'temporary pleasure on earth, to be paid for with an eternity of pains and sufferings in Hell.'
Sweet loving, adorable Jesus Christ continues to be, now and in eternity, true God and true Man.
Saint John says to us:
"Let those who blaspheme by saying that Christ was not true God and true Man cease to blaspheme out of mercy on their souls." [Implicit punishment not revealed.]
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us.
The foregoing is pursuant to the Gospel that Jesus dictated to Maria Valtorta, the Bible, and my analysis.