Did you not catch the "benefit of the doubt" part? I sense no benefit of the doubt here. "Innocent until proven guilty" should not be replaced with "guilty until proven innocent."Contradictions (and generally being wrong even when it is consistent) mean a book isn't some divine revelation.
There has never been a true prophet. And fun fact: The sword was used to spread christianity too.
Important fact: Jesus didn't kill anyone. Muhammed killed many. There's a difference between a later follower spreading a religion by the sword and the founder of a religion spreading it by the sword.
Unless I'm mistaken, Christians persecuting others started out with the Catholics after A.D. 500. I don't demonize Catholics, but this is an example of religious figures wielding political power, similar to Islam. Religious people don't always force their views on others, and Jesus is evidence of that.
I was not pointing to a contradiction between things in Islam. I was pointing to several facts:I find it funny for a Christian to point out contradictions in Islam while earlier in the post saying some can be reconciled.
(1) Muhammed claimed to be a prophet without any evidence. Jesus performed miracles as even the Jewish writings admit (though they claimed Jesus had the devil's power).
(2) Muhammed claimed that no prophet can suffer excruciating torment. He even goes as far as to say God miraculously took Jesus from the cross. This means to believe Muhammed, we must assume the supernatural.
These issues are not about a contradiction between two passages in the Qu'ran. They are fundamental issues about how Islam handles history, and how it deals with the claims of other religions.
As you can see from this post, I do not need to assume that Islam is invalid; I demonstrate it. Jesus died on the cross--that fact is historically undeniable. Sources from shortly after Jesus are unanimous that Jesus was in fact crucified under Pontius Pilate. Considering these facts, Muhammed was simply making excuses for his religion in an effort to save face and avoid challenges to his prophetic credentials.
(By the way, I do not expect anyone to assume the supernatural. Jesus' resurrection is actually quite well supported historically. Jesus appeared after His death, not just to followers who wanted to see Him, but also to people like the doubter Thomas, Jesus' skeptical brother James, and the violent persecutor of the Church Saul of Tarsus.)