Simon offers money (Acts 8:18)

“Now when Simon saw

That the Spirit

Was given

Through the laying-on

Of the apostles’ hands,

He offered them


ἰδὼν δὲ ὁ Σίμων ὅτι διὰ τῆς ἐπιθέσεως τῶν χειρῶν τῶν ἀποστόλων δίδοται τὸ Πνεῦμα, προσήνεγκεν αὐτοῖς χρήματα

The author of Acts indicated that when Simon (δὲ ὁ Σίμων) saw (ἰδὼν) that the Spirit (τὸ Πνεῦμα) was given (δίδοται) through the laying-on (ὅτι διὰ τῆς ἐπιθέσεως) of the apostles’ hands (τῶν χειρῶν τῶν ἀποστόλων), he offered (προσήνεγκεν) them (αὐτοῖς) money (χρήματα).  Simon noticed that the laying-on of hands conferred the Spirit, somewhat like a magic act.  He offered money to receive this ability to give the Holy Spirit.  In the Middle Ages this became known as simony, buying a spiritual power or an ecclesiastical position.  This is why some people call sacramental power magical.  Would you be like Simon and offer money for a spiritual power?

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