Acts 8:13 says Simon believed and was baptized. Later in verses 18-23 Simon wanted to buy the power to lay hands on people so they could receive the Holy Ghost. Peter rebuked him saying, "Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity." Romans 10:9 tells us if we believe in our heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, we will be saved. Acts 8:13 tells us Simon believed. I understand this to mean that he believed they had power he didn't have but wanted. I interpret this to be head belief as opposed to heart belief. It does not say he repented. Most would say he was lost and I would tend to agree with that. What are some other opinions on Acts 8:9-24 and Simon the sorcerer.