Maybe you guys can help clear this up a little bit. I was reading that the disciples chose Matthias based on "casting lots". When I was researching what this was, I came across an article that basically compared "casting lots" to rolling dice. from: http://www.biblestudy.org/question/what-is-casting-lots.html This is a website that just came up when doing a Google search. Is this seriously how they ended up selecting Judas' replacement? Basically rolling the dice? When it said "the lot fell to Matthias" - was this God's doing? Does this mean He wanted Matthias to be the new disciple over Justus? I'm just curious as to the advantage of one over the other, you know, what the story is behind that. Because it seems like they both fell under the same qualifications! Is there scripture to back up the fact that God would actually help them make decisions when it comes to "casting lots"? Why would He approve of this form of decision making? Wouldn't prayer be the way to go??? Forgive me if there is more back story to "casting lots" as I'm still new to studying the Bible as many of you know. It's just strange to me that this was the method of determining the new disciple. Thanks.