It’s one thing for the Jewish high priests and the apostles to cast lots after much prayer and thanksgiving, and for the greater good of the whole people, but where is the permission for an individual to demand an instant answer from God?
If this practice was allowed, why aren’t all Jews and Christians carrying a mystical die, or coin to flip, in our pockets? What’s to prevent us abusing this mystical die? If we don’t get the answer we want… do we go best of three, or best of five, or wait half an hour and try again? What’s to stop this mystical die from being tampered with, as we all know there are demonic forces at work in the world? And what would be the point of the ‘battle’ of prayer that the catechism mentions?
In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Since Pentecost, God’s Holy Spirit came upon each of us - bearing gifts. These gifts are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord. The gift of counsel, which is not simply prudence, as anybody can have that, it’s something more. It allows us to judge rightly what we should do …and when it’s used with the other gifts, like wisdom, understanding, knowledge, it keeps us on the right path towards God.
2847 The Holy Spirit makes us discern between trials, which are necessary for the growth of the inner man,152 and temptation, which leads to sin and death.153 We must also discern between being tempted and consenting to temptation. Finally, discernment unmasks the lie of temptation, whose object appears to be good, a “delight to the eyes” and desirable,154 when in reality its fruit is death.
God does not want to impose the good, but wants free beings. . . . There is a certain usefulness to temptation. No one but God knows what our soul has received from him, not even we ourselves. But temptation reveals it in order to teach us to know ourselves, and in this way we discover our evil inclinations and are obliged to give thanks for the goods that temptation has revealed to us.155
In my opinion, we’ve been given these gifts to use, and this act would be a rejection of many, if not all, of those gifts. The parable of the talents springs to mind… even though it may not even be relevant to this discussion.