Transmigration originally meant the movement of the soul from one body to another after the decease of the physical, but the definition has devolved over time into the dogma that man's soul regularly may enter into the body of an animal. We do not hold that belief, nor do we believe it to be true except for extremely rare cases, such as that recorded in Matthew 8:

"And when he [Jesus] was come to the … country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters." – 8:28-32.

In this instance, the possessing "devils" were, in fact, the discarnate souls of men who had so misused their soul substance in evil-doing during their lives that they lacked the soul substance life sparks needed to build another human body. So they had in effect become demons who attached themselves to these two men, usurping control of their physical bodies so that the men appeared to be insane. Jesus exorcised the possessing demons from the two men and sent the demons into the herd of swine. The two men who had been demonically possessed had not protected themselves spiritually, nor had they been living morally temperate lives or the possession could not have occurred.

Among humans, the embodied soul passes at the death of the body to an interval in a realm in heaven devoted to the care and education of those souls who must return to earth. There the soul remains until the molecular desire body is healed of any final illness, accidental damage or forceful injury. Then the soul receives special personalized lessons in order to complete their future round of experience and to learn those life lessons that they have not yet mastered. Thus, the soul passes from one human body to another in the process we call reincarnation, the doctrine of many lives.

– Linda Mihalic, Via Christa site editor

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The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

"Transmigrate." Merriam-Webster Accessed March 12, 2021.

Webster, Noah. "Etymology, Transmigrate," Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language. Two volumes. New York: S. Converse, 1828. This work is in the public domain.