Demas (short name of Demetrio, (meaning "belonging to Demeter," Greek goddess of agriculture) is a biblical character mentioned in three epistles of Paul of Tarsus in the New Testament.

Around the year 60, Paul was imprisoned for the first time in Rome and from there he writes several epistles to congregations (or churches) in which he includes the greetings of Demas.

In which he writes to the congregation of Colosse, Paul quotes Demas with the doctor Luke the Evangelist and the apostle himself.

At the same time, Paul writes to a fellow Christian also from Colosse, Philemon, to whom he conveys the greetings of Demas.

Finally, around the year 65 (according to other sources years 66 or 67) in his second epistle to Timothy also written in Rome, Paul accused Demas of having abandoned him "for the love of this century," or according to other biblical translations for love " to this world "as opposed to the Christian hope of a higher future life.

Although Paul does not explicitly mention the cause of the abandonment of Demas (if it is out of love for the material or because of fear of martyrdom that effectively ended Paul's life in the days of Nero), the Apostle's opinion of the loss is clear in his statement. which meant for Demas his position. Possibly he returned to his hometown, Thessalonica.

We see a remarkable contrast between the attitude of Aristarchus, also of Thessalonica, (ready to give life, constant in their missions), Lucas ("only Lucas is with me) and Demás, who ended up abandoning the mission to return to the world.

Source: Wikipedia

Originally posted 2015-03-31 13: 45: 07.

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