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Qur’an 2:82 - Does Allah punish denial of Muhammad?

The Qur’an shows different answers to this question:

1. Allah will punish a denial of Muhammad – Qur’an 4:150-151
“Indeed, those who disbelieve in Allah and His messengers and wish to discriminate between Allah and His messengers and say, "We believe in some and disbelieve in others," and wish to adopt a way in between - Those are the disbelievers, truly. And We have prepared for the disbelievers a humiliating punishment” (Qur’an 4:150-151).
There is punishment for those who deny Muhammad, because Muhammad is the prophet of Allah.

2. Allah will not punish a denial of Muhammad for Christians - 2:62, 2:82, 5:69
"But those (Christians) who have faith and work righteousness, they are companions of the Garden: Therein shall they abide (For ever) " (Qur’an 2:82).
"Those who believe, and those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians and the Sabians,- any who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve" (Qur’an 2:62, 5:69).
Christians who believe in God and the Day of Judgment will not be punished for a denial of Muhammad.

3. Conclusion
The Qur’an has a contradiction about the denial of Muhammad. Some verses say that the denial will be punished and another verse denies this for some people.