|Battle of Vienna, painting by Józef Brandt|
15 Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.
16 "Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17 Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, –Matthew 10:15-17 ESV
Putting the above verses into context, what we are talking about, here, is a battle that has been going on, continually, since the fall of man. It is a spiritual war between the forces of good and evil.