Saturday, July 30, 2016

"the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God" - How to Address the Tragedies of Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan

Pacific Ocean Coast, West of Tokyo

How to Address the Tragedies of Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan

The tragedies of Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan as well as Libya and Gaza must be solved in a peaceful manner.

But what is the real status of the tragedies?
The Syrian Civil Waris an ongoing multi-sided armed conflict with international interventions[90] taking place in Syria. The unrest grew out of the 2011 Arab Spring protests, and escalated to armed conflict after President Bashar al-Assad's government violently repressed protests calling for his removal.[91] The war is being fought by the Syrian Government, a loose alliance of Syrian Arab rebel groups, the Syrian Democratic Forces, Salafi jihadist groups (including al-Nusra Front) and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). All sides receive substantial support from foreign actors, leading many to label the conflict a proxy war waged by the regional and world major powers.
On 20 August 2014, a new U.N. study concluded that at least 191,369 people have died in the Syrian conflict.[778] The UN thereafter stopped collecting statistics, but a study by the Syrian Centre for Policy Research released in February 2016 estimated the death toll at 470,000, with 1.9m wounded (reaching a total of 11.5% of the entire population wounded or killed).

Iraq witnessed a sharp increase in civilian deaths following the fall of large swaths of territory to the Islamic State group in the summer of 2014. Despite a string of recent battlefield losses for IS, civilians in Iraq continue to die at a “staggering” rate, according to a new United Nations report.

At least 18,802 civilians were killed and another 36,245 were wounded in Iraq between Jan. 1, 2014, and Oct. 31, 2015, according to the U.N. report released Tuesday. More than 10,000 of them died between May and October last year.

“Despite their steady losses to pro-government forces, the scourge of ISIL continues to kill, maim and displace Iraqi civilians in the thousands and to cause untold suffering,” said U.N. envoy Jan Kubis, using an alternate acronym for the extremist group.

The numbers are nowhere near the death tolls of Iraq’s bloody civil war. In 2006 alone, more than 34,000 civilians were killed, according to U.N. data. The following year, the Iraqi government refused to provide the U.N. with death statistics, stating that it wanted to keep from painting a negative image of the country. But civilian casualties since the rise of IS in Iraq are considerably higher than in the preceding years of relative stability. In 2011, the number of civilian deaths due to violence was at its lowest since the civil war, with fewer than 2,800 killed.

During the war in Afghanistan (2001–14), over 26,000 civilian deaths due to war-related violence have been documented;[1] 29,900 civilians have been wounded.[1] Over 91,000 Afghans, including civilians, soldiers and militants, are recorded to have been killed in the conflict, and the number who have died through indirect causes related to the war may include an additional 360,000 people.[1] These numbers do not include those who have died in Pakistan.
So, it looks like a million people were killed in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan in the wake of the War on Terror and the Arab Spring protests that were influenced by the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime of Iraq in 2003.

These areas are deeply involved in the human history.  First, Abraham, the original ancestor, of Hebrews and Arabs was born in currently Iraq to move to currently Palestine.  Secondly, Alexander the Great marched through Syria and Iraq to as far as Afghanistan.  And, finally these regions were colonized by Western powers such as Britain, France, and Russia.

It tells these regions are the core of the human history while they are exposed to European aggressive power.  So, to address the tragedies in these regions, we have to respect the history and check the nature of the European Civilization.

Or conversely, because the mankind do not fully respect the human history and the origin of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and European powers do not feel obligation to help Muslims in these regions to compensate their past colonial occupation, the tragedies in these region continue.

It is symbolic that AlQaeda and the Taliban once destroyed old Buddhism relics in Afghanistan and ISIS has been destroying historical monuments in Syria and Iraq.  Indeed, the key to understanding these tragedies is the lack of parties concerned in respect for history.

And it is also symbolic that more than one million Islamic refugees migrated into Europe in 2015, while there were already 13 million Muslim immigrants in the EU as of 2010.

The world community should face these tragedies based on the historic understanding while the European community should realize their responsibility and take the initiative in addressing the tragedies.

chart showing number of migrant deaths in the Mediterranean by month from 2014 to February 2016

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Luk 7:28 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.
Luk 7:29 And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.
Luk 7:30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.

Friday, July 29, 2016

"as one having authority" - US Presidential Status since 1992 to 2016

Around the Imperial Palace, Tokyo

US Presidential Status since 1992 to 2016

In the 1992 US Presidential election, Bill Clinton won in a revolutionary manner.

The then incumbent President W.H. Bush could not leverage his advantageous position as the winner of the 1991 Persian Gulf War and also as the key contributor to the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union.

Bush had been a Congress man and CIA director before he became Vice President in the Reagan presidency.  Then he was elected as President in 1988.  W.H. Bush was expected to easily win the 1992 Presidential election, but he lost to young and rising Bill Clinton riding on the tide of the new technology boom.

Bill Clinton was easily reelected in 1996 more riding on the tide of the Internet boom.  And, Al Gore, the Vice President in Clinton's presidency, was expected to win the 2000 Presidential election as the reasonable successor of Bill Clinton.  However, President Bill Clinton committed adultery in the White House, which alienated some Christian voters from Democratic Presidential candidate Al Gore.  As a result, more outwardly-Christian W. Bush won the 2000 Presidential election, though it was an extremely close race.

W. Bush was not suitable for the US presidency.  He looked friendly to Americans, but looked like disliking serious jobs that required excellent intellectual ability.  Without the 2001 9/11 Terror Attack on New York and Washington D.C., W. Bush should not have been reelected in 2004.

His human network in the US political establishment worked favorably for him as the Commander in Chief in the War on Terror, though he could not capture or destroy Osama bin Laden, the leader of AlQaeda that carried out the 9/11 Terror.  However, toward the end of his second term, popularity of President Bush and the Republican Party declined drastically partly due to dubious backgrounds against the invasion of Iraq and more partly due to corporate scandals such as the Enron case and criminal subprime-loan schemes.

The 2008 Presidential election was fought in the middle of the progress of the 2008 Financial Crisis.  This Wall Street-triggered crisis exposed the extreme greed and dangerous avarice of rich and super-rich Americans who supported President W. Bush, a son of W.H. Bush.  Consequently, even GM faced a crisis of bankruptcy and the US unemployment rate rose to 10% or so.  Many lower-middle-class Americans lost jobs, and some of them became homeless.  Even white voters who usually didn't vote for a Democratic candidate accepted the African-American Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama.

In this way, the first African American President was realized in the US in a very drastic and revolutionary manner than in the case of Bill Clinton in 1992.

During Obama's presidency, the US economy has almost fully recovered to the level before the 2008 Lehman Shock or Financial Crisis, and the US could avoid further Islamic terror on its main land while a US special military unit killed Osama bin Laden hiding in Pakistan.

However in the second term of Obama's presidency, the global economy came into another uncertain phase with slowdown of Chinese economy, which had been expanding in past decades owing to various aid and support from the US and Japan, and the unstable conditions of the EU symbolized by the Greek Crisis and UK's decision to leave the EU; and the global security was not ever improved with the ominous rise of ISIS, aggressive policies of Russia led by President Putin and China led by President Xi, and the explosive increase of immigrants from Africa and the Middle East to Western Europe.  But, Americans came to have an inward-looking mind set.

It is partly due to President Obama's attitudes in the global diplomacy, since he carefully avoided to take the initiative in controlling the world beyond relatively decreasing capability of the US economy and military.  It can be understood that Obama took such soft policies to global affairs because the War on Terror having been launched by W. Bush did not result in peaceful conditions of the world.  Obama mainly concentrated on the treaty with Iran, the nuclear disarmament, and the normalization of the diplomatic relation with Cuba.  However, his stance did not satisfy some American voters who did not like to see the relative decline of American influences in the world.  This sentiment helped Donald Trump become the Republican Presidential candidate for the 2016 election.

American voters tend to push for a drastic change after a period in stable or obsolete conditions, if they sense that the US might be getting left behind the global trend or something new is really needed to change a domestic trend they are tired of.

In this context, American voters want a very different type of the president after Barack Obama.  And, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both unique enough: possibly the first female US President or the first US President from the entertainment/real estate business without roots in conventional politics.

As for composition of American voters, roughly speaking, white voters still account for 70% while blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and other minorities account for 30%.  Almost all the latter are expected to vote for the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.  It means if she should get 30% of white voters, or 21 percent points from 70 percent points of them, Hillary would be elected as US President.  It does not look so difficult.  Rather, if she should be rejected by more than 30% of white voters, including die-hard supporters of Bernie Sanders, it will be a huge surprise.

But, the result of the 2016 US Presidential election must be already known to God who could also interfere with the outcome of the coming ballot.

Personally, I think that God has allowed advancement of Donald Trump in the 2016 race to suppress the Bush family that represents conventional political esstablishment.  But beyond this effect, it is doubtful that Trump can enjoy more success in the politics whose scope is wider than experiences of Trump in his past business that is exclusively centered around his own personal profits but not public interests. .

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Mat 7:28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
Mat 7:29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

"yet the dogs under the table" - Dogs and Evil Spirits

Around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station

Dogs and Evil Spirits

Today, it is rare that a mother finds that her young daughter has an unclean spirit.  But, 2000 years ago, it happened as the Gospel reported.

If a young child has an unclean spirit, there must be a reason that should be ascribed to the environment where he or she lives.  And, the major one who is in the environment is his or her mother.  But, there may be other creatures such as dogs and cats in the vicinity.

In the case described in the Gospel, the main players are a young daughter, the mother and dogs.  The evil spirit must have come through the relationships among them into the young daughter.  So, there must be something wrong in the relationships.  And, the most important factor for living of the young daughter and the dogs is foods.  The key to this problem must be foods.

Christ Jesus with his super ability could see that the cause of the trouble was in how the mother fed her young daughter and dogs.

As depicted in other part of the Gospels, evil spirits could even go into pigs.  Dogs could have also evil spirits.  In this case, the dogs had not been fully fed by the woman.  So, one dog came to have a grudge against the woman and her young daughter who had been fully fed.  This grudge invited an evil spirit into the dog.

The evil spirit of the dog started to act to have the dog eat fully, so that it called another evil spirit and made it get into the mother who then started to take the bread from her daughter and cast it to the dog.  She did so as she felt that her young daughter looked like having an evil spirit while the dog looked so poor.  It was a magic the evil spirit worked in her mind.

Subsequently, the young daughter, in protest, came to express her complaint wildly as if she had an evil spirit.  So, the mother thought that her daughter had really an evil spirit.  But, some sound part of her mind made her think that something was wrong, so that she came to Christ Jesus for help.

Christ Jesus found the evil spirits in the dog and the mother.  So, He said to her, "Stop feeding the dogs but give foods fully to your daughter!"  His words were also directed to the evil spirit in the mother: "I know you, an evil spirit, occupying the mind of this mother.  If you do not get out of her, I will destroy you."

So, hearing the words of Christ Jesus, the evil spirits in the dog and the mother got afraid, and the one in her said, "Yes, the Son of God, I will leave this woman, but even dogs should be allowed to eat crumbles from the table where children eat."

Christ Jesus accepted the words of the evil spirit and saw the evil spirits leaving the mother and the dog, though the Gospel should have read as "the devil is gone out of thy daughter to thy eyes though it actually got out of thee."

When we observe animals or try to communicate with animals, we sometimes feel that they have some ability to spiritually interact with us as if we and the animals shared the same spiritual communication ability.  But, it also means that evil spirits could be in animals.

So, lambs must be animals where evil spirits do not enter, since they are too vulnerable.  But wolves and dogs are animals where evil spirits can enter easily, since they are equipped with dangerous teeth and nails.

Anyway, Christ Jesus did not allow dogs to accompany Him.  We must separate dogs and other animals from the human sphere in case that they happen to have evil spirits.  


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Mar 7:25 For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet:

Mar 7:26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.
Mar 7:27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.
Mar 7:28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs.
Mar 7:29 And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

"and great was the fall of it" - Spiritual Fields and Nerve Cells


Spiritual Fields and Nerve Cells

The cells of the human body are replaced everyday since some cells have lifetime of only 24 hours though others have 10 years or more of the lifetime.

Cells of the walls of the stomach die in 24 hours to be replaced with new ones.  The red blood cells have the life duration of 120 days.  Bone cells can survive for 10 years.  But basically brain cells do not die till the end of the life of the human being.

All the cells of the human body have finite lifetime except brain cells or nerve cells.  It means our consciousness consists in brain cells.  Our sense of integrity and sense of self come from the fact that brain cells never be replaced with new ones.

If brain cells die in a day to be replaced new ones, our self-identity will be lost.   If 10% of brain cells are replaced each day, we will change 10% every day.  And when 100% of our brain cells are replaced, we will be totally different persons.  The number of nerve cells in the brain is about 150 billion.  They all in harmony and integrity constitute our sense of self.  Our minds are really in the brains that are made of unchanged nerve cells, so that we can keep continuity of sense of our existence from the past to the present.


There are tens of billions of cells in the cerebrum, a major part of the brain.  Each cell in the cerebrum has tens of thousands of synapses, structures each of which permits a nerve cell to pass an electrical or chemical signal to another cell.  These electrical signals are direct sources of our mind work.  But our minds are not only products of electrical signals in our brains.  Our minds are not only physical and chemical phenomena.  We can feel and think not as machines made of biological cells but as spiritual entities.

There are electric-magnetic fields in the space.  They are received by electronic circuits in smart phones, radio receivers, TV sets , etc. through antennas.  Like it, there are spiritual fields working to our brain cells that receive spirit power or energy, so that our nerve cells function spiritually not as machines but as human beings who can feel and think.

This interaction between the spiritual fields and our nerve cells is work of our minds.  So, our sense of self partly rests on spiritual fields that should come from the spiritual universe.  And, when we physically or biologically die and our cells stop functioning, our sense of self should totally shift to the spiritual universe leaving this material world.

But, there is one big mystery: why did God create this material universe about 14 billion years ago to eventually create human beings whose brain cells interact with spiritual fields and further with the spiritual universe?

Especially, because very small or almost zero is the probability that a galaxy has a solar system with a planet suitable for emergence of forms of life that eventually evolve into the mankind, it is extremely hard to believe that God created this universe in order to create the mankind.

There must be easier way to create living things that interact with the spiritual world.  It is really a long way from the Big Bang at the start of development of the universe to establishment of the mankind whose brain cells have capability to interact with spiritual fields flowing from the spiritual universe to this material universe.

But, there is nothing difficult for God, since He is almighty.

Anyway, this is also a proof that God exists in a probability higher that the one for our existence.  God exists more likely than we seem to exist.

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Mat 7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
Mat 7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Monday, July 25, 2016

"for it was founded upon a rock" - Japanese Author Who Refused to Receive a Big Manuscript Fee


Japanese Author Who Refused to Receive a Big Manuscript Fee

In 1962, Ryotaro Shiba started to write one of the greatest novels in Japan after WWII: Ryuma-ga Yuku (Ryuma is on his move).

At the time he was a reporter of a newspaper company while presenting his works of literature to the public.  And one day, the president of The Sankei Shimbun Newspaper where Shiba worked came to see him, offering a chance to write a serial novel in the newspaper, as Shiba's books got high reputation.   Shiba didn't reply soon, keeping it on hold.  Then, in another meeting, the president said to Shiba, "I will give you three years in writing a novel for our paper.  The manuscript fee is a million yen per month."  One million yen at the time is equivalent to 10 million yen (US$100,000) of today.

But Shiba refused, saying, "It is too much."  Shiba told his wife the proposal by the president.  Shiba's wife was also working in the newspaper company where the entrance salary was 17,000 yen at the time.  So, the wife got angry, saying to her husband, "You should not receive such a big amount of money."

Put simply, when author Shiba wrote his first big best-seller as a serial novel for a newspaper where he had been working, the president offered a big money which the Shibas refused because it was so much.

But finally, the president said, "I will send a manuscript fee to you as much as I like, so that you can dispose of as much as you want by throwing the amount of money into a ditch."

In this way, Shiba decided to write a serial novel and quit the company to be a full-time author, though the theme of the novel was not decided.  But, one of employees of the newspaper company came and asked Shiba to write about a hero in his home town called Sakamoto Ryuma who contributed to the success of the Meiji Restoration of 1860s where the samurai rule ended and Japan started modernization.

This is the background against Shiba's writing of Ryuma-ga Yuku (Ryuma is on his move) the number of whose copies soled has been about 25 million.  This novel became so famous that it was televised and also put into a film.  And this novel, with subsequent ones, made Shiba one of the leading novelists and authors in Japan after WWII.
Ryōtarō Shiba, born Teiichi Fukuda (August 7, 1923 – February 12, 1996), was a Japanese author best known for his novels about historical events in Japan and on the Northeast Asian sub-continent, as well as his historical and cultural essays pertaining to Japan and its relationship to the rest of the world.

Sakmoto Ryuma (or Ryouma) became a hero in the Japanese public due to Shiba's novel.  He was a samurai born in Tosa (presently called Kochi Prefecture) in western Japan.  He left a feudal county of Tosa governed by a samurai feudal lord.  Then, he acted as an intermediary for anti-shgogun camps.  The Tokugawa shogun (a kind of king of samurais) eventually gave up power along with a scheme Ryuma planned.  Ryuma's reputation and influences got high among anti-shogun samurais who supported the Emperor as the actual ruler (not only nominal) of Japan to abolish the samurai regime governed by the Tokugawa clan.

However, Sakamoto Ryuma was assassinated by samurais under the shogun in Kyoto in 1867, just a few moths before the start of the Meiji Restoration.  But, it is still controversial who specifically killed Ryuma under whose order, though it was clear that a unit of samurais guarding shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu in Kyoto was involved in the sword attack to Ryuma in his hiding place.  Indeed, the situation in Kyoto in 1867 was so tense and complicated while both the shogun and the emperor stayed there.

Sakamoto Ryuma is today regraded as one of main architects of the Meiji Restoration where power shifted from the samurai regime to the imperial court in 1868 and Westernization and modernization of Japan started with fully opening the nation to the world.

Samurai Sakmoto Ryuma

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Mat 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
Mat 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

"went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon" - God is at least 4-Dimensional or More

Outer Garden of the Meiji-jingu Shrine, Tokyo

God is at least 4-Dimensional or More

Suppose that you are in the four dimensional universe to which our three dimensional universe belongs.

One day, in the 4-D space, it was observed that one 3-D universe was born by chance.  However, it was not desirable that the 4-D space included the 3-D universe as its component.  It is because the 3-D universe is a factor disturbing the complete state of the 4-D space.  The 3-D universe means a  bias of energy distribution in the 4-D space.

So, the 3-D universe newly born in the 4-D space must be dealt with and disposed of so that the 3-D universe would not give an influence of the 4-D space.

This 3-D universe is of course an entity with energy as we observe it within the universe.  It has also inner structure as we observe it within the universe.  So, how should this 3-D universe be disposed of?

The mechanism the 4-D space takes to dispose of our 3-D universe is simple: make the energy density of our 3-D universe turn to zero and the inner structure of our 3-D universe turn to nothing.

For this purpose, the 4-D space around the 3-D universe makes the 3-D universe expand to infinity in an accelerated manner.  As the size of the 3-D universe is getting larger and larger to infinity, the energy density of the 3-D universe will turn to zero eventually.  It inner structure, including galaxies, stars, molecules, atoms, and elementary particles will also eventually turn to nothing in the infinite size of the 3-D universe.

If observed from the 4-D space, one unit of great energy formed a 3-D universe one day.  But it grew and expanded to infinity, making its energy density zero eventually.  It means that this 3-D universe has virtually disappeared.  The complete state of energy in the 4-D space has been restored in this way.  As the 3-D universe has no energy density, it is tantamount to nothing in the 4-D space.

In this way, our universe was born about 14 billion years ago in the 4-D space.  And it is being expanded in an accelerated manner to infinity by the force from the 4-D space.  This force from the 4-D space is called the dark energy by scientists today.   However, this dark energy does not belong to this 3-D universe, as I have explained; It belongs to the 4-D space to which our 3-D universe belongs.

So, God is at least 4-dimensional or more.


Image credit: Science Photo Library / Take 27 Ltd, via

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Mar 7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
Mar 7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
Mar 7:23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
Mar 7:24 And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid.

"whosoever shall not be offended in me." - Green Leaves and Green Minds

Around Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station

Green Leaves and Green Minds

Why aren't there leaves with different colors than green (except other rere cases)?
Chlorophyll (also chlorophyl) is a term used for several closely related green pigments found in cyanobacteria and the chloroplasts of algae and plants.[1] Its name is derived from the Greek words χλωρός, chloros ("green") and φύλλον, phyllon ("leaf").[2] Chlorophyll is an extremely important biomolecule, critical in photosynthesis, which allows plants to absorb energy from light. Chlorophyll absorbs light most strongly in the blue portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, followed by the red portion. Conversely, it is a poor absorber of green and near-green portions of the spectrum which it reflects, hence the green color of chlorophyll-containing tissues.

It means that there is almost only one type of plants in this world that uses chlorophyll as part of mechanism to absorb energy from light.

Since the birth of the earth 4.6 billion years ago, there must have been many trials to make up energy absorption mechanisms in plants.  But only one major mechanism using chlorophyll has survived, since it is the most suitable and efficient method in the natural environment in the earth for billions of years. 

So, the colors of the minds of all the peoples must be the same, a kind of green.  If the colors of the skins of human beings are different, they must have all the same color of their minds, a kind of green, that is the most suitable and efficient not only in the natural environment but also in the spiritual environment around the mankind.

But Neanderthals might have a different color of the minds than that of the minds of the mankind.

As God loves green leaves, God might love green minds more than blue ones, though he might change His mind in future.

(However there cannot be rainbow minds allowed by God.)

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Luk 7:23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
Luk 7:24 And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
Luk 7:25 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts.