The cliff-notes version is:
Jesus said he was God (see here for a summary of verses to this effect). This leaves three logical possibilities:
- Jesus was a lunatic, on par with someone who believes they are a slice of cheddar cheese.
- Jesus was a liar, knowing full well he was not God, but trying to convince people that he was.
- Jesus really was who he said he was, and he was God.
Given that Islam holds both Jewish and Christian religious texts in high esteem, and Islam believes Jesus was a prophet of Allah, how does Islam reconcile its concept of Jesus with these three possibilities? Would Allah send a prophet who was a pathological liar, or a lunatic?
I see also a fourth logical possibility, and that is that the scripture record is wildly inaccurate, and Jesus never actually claimed to be God. This possibility, of course, raises other issues, beyond the scope of this particular question.