Demas, mentioned by the Apostle Paul in the New Testament of the Bible, appears to have been a man involved in the ministry as a companion of Paul. He was with Paul during his first imprisonment in Rome, but later when Paul wrote Second Timothy he said that Demas had forsaken him, "having loved this present world."
Paul writes that Demas, as a result of his love for this present age (also sometimes translated "world"), left him and went to Thessalonica. This stands as a warning to all Christians that they should not love this world, its system that is opposed to God and His rule. In I John 2:15 believers are challenged not to love this world, or the things of the world. Demas is an example of one whose life Christians should not emulate.
In Jane Eyre, St. John warns Jane from committing the vice of Demas when trying to convince her to join him as a missionary in India.
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