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2121. Simony is defined as the buying or selling of spiritual things.53To Simon the magician, who wanted to buy the spiritual power he saw at work in the apostles, St. Peter responded: “Your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain God’s gift with money!”54Peter thus held to the words of Jesus: “You received without pay, give without pay.”55It is impossible to appropriate to oneself spiritual goods and behave toward them as their owner or master, for they have their source in God. One can receive them only from him, without payment.

Aprofunde seus conhecimentos

443. What is the meaning of the words of our Lord, “Adore the Lord your God and worship Him alone” (Matthew 4:10)?

222. What is the work of Christ in the liturgy?

11. Why and in what way is divine revelation transmitted?

160. What are charisms?

218. What is the liturgy?

467. Why is the legitimate defense of persons and of society not opposed to this norm?

353. What forms of popular piety accompany the sacramental life of the Church?

Acesse nossos estudos biblicos:

How to deal with anger and anger, according to Proverbs 15:1-2?

What is the story of the healing of the bleeding woman in Mark 5:25-34?

How important is community in the midst of suffering, according to Job 42:10-11?

What does James 5:7-11 teach us about patience in times of suffering?

What is the significance of Christ being the Head of Creation, as mentioned in Colossians 1:15-17?

What is the Blood Moon prophecy of Joel 2:30-31 in the Bible?

What is the Battle of the Valley of Jehoshaphat mentioned in the book of Joel and what is its significance?