Was Jesus God, the messianic Savior who came to earth to rescue his people, as he testified about himself and as his followers believed radically? Or was he an important religious figure, but one who was not, nor ever claimed to be, the divine Messiah.
Did Jesus perform a work on the cross that accomplished the means of salvation for humankind? Or was he a dedicated religious person who was actively involved in the social and spiritual world of his day, but who never performed or offered the unique and solitary means of salvation for the entire human race?
Is Jesus the only way to find salvation in this life or in the life to come, and is he a member of the triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—who is to be worshiped today? Or is he one among many ways by which a modern person can come to know and experience God, but who never accepted or advocated worship of himself as God in flesh?
— J. P. Moreland, from Jesus Under Fire, p. 11