To understand The Book of Genesis properly read the book Beyond Creation Science by Tim Martin and Jeff Vaughn. Also, visit the web site Covenant Creation. Genesis is best understood as describing covenant creation, not creation of the physical universe. The creation account cannot be taken literally without contradictions. The physical world and universe are much older than 6-10 thousand years. They are likely billions of years old. Read the book A New Look at an Old Earth by Don Stoner. Also, Noah's flood was local, not global.
God created The Bible. God also created science. Therefore science and the Bible cannot contradict each other. Man's interpretation of The Bible or of science can be wrong and therefore appear to contradict one another. However, God is not deceiving us with the apparent age of the physical universe. If light travels 186,200 miles per second and if the stars are much bigger than the earth, then they testify to a very old universe. Also, consider the number of craters on the moon. Were they all formed in 6-10 thousand years? Not likely.
The beginning and end of The Bible are related. Preterist eschatology (the end) sheds much light on protology (the beginning). The nature of the beginning and the end of The Bible must match. If the end is covenantal, then it follows that the beginning is also covenantal , not physical.
Problems With Taking The Creation Account Literally
Genesis 2:4 (King James Version)
4These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
The creation account is probably written in Hebrew poetry. It is a type of apocalyptic writing. This is evidenced by the fact that the creation account repeats itself.
Evening and Morning
The phrase "Evening and Morning" in Genesis 1 is not to be taken as a literal 24-hour day. It is used much like we would say the store is open day and night. We mean the store is always open. The words "evening" and "morning" are used throughout the Old Testament where they clearly do not mean a limited 24-hour day, but are instead used to denote an undefined period of time. Here are some examples:
Exodus 18:13 (New King James Version)
13 And so it was, on the next day, that Moses sat to judge the people; and the people stood before Moses from morning until evening.
Exodus 27:21 (New King James Version)
21 In the tabernacle of meeting, outside the veil which is before the Testimony, Aaron and his sons shall tend it from evening until morning before the LORD. It shall be a statute forever to their generations on behalf of the children of Israel.
Leviticus 24:3 (New King James Version)
3 Outside the veil of the Testimony, in the tabernacle of meeting, Aaron shall be in charge of it from evening until morning before the LORD continually; it shall be a statute forever in your generations.
Job 4:20 (New King James Version)
20 They are broken in pieces from morning till evening; They perish forever, with no one regarding.
1 Samuel 17:16 (New King James Version)
16 And the Philistine drew near and presented himself forty days, morning and evening.
1 Chronicles 16:40 (New King James Version)
40 to offer burnt offerings to the LORD on the altar of burnt offering regularly morning and evening, and to do according to all that is written in the Law of the LORD which He commanded Israel;
2 Chronicles 2:4 (New King James Version)
4 Behold, I am building a temple for the name of the LORD my God, to dedicate it to Him, to burn before Him sweet incense, for the continual showbread, for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the Sabbaths, on the New Moons, and on the set feasts of the LORD our God. This is an ordinance forever to Israel.
2 Chronicles 31:3 (New King James Version)
3 The king also appointed a portion of his possessions for the burnt offerings: for the morning and evening burnt offerings, the burnt offerings for the Sabbaths and the New Moons and the set feasts, as it is written in the Law of the LORD.
Ezra 3:3 (New King James Version)
3 Though fear had come upon them because of the people of those countries, they set the altar on its bases; and they offered burnt offerings on it to the LORD, both the morning and evening burnt offerings.
Psalm 55:17 (New King James Version)
17 Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice.
Daniel 8:14 (Young's Literal Translation)
14And he saith unto me, Till evening -- morning two thousand and three hundred, then is the holy place declared right.
Daniel 8:26 (New King James Version)
26 “ And the vision of the evenings and mornings Which was told is true; Therefore seal up the vision, For it refers to many days in the future.”
Also, the word "day" in The Bible does not necessarily mean a 24-hour period.For example, "the day of the Lord" is not referring to a 24-hour day.
Noah's Flood Was Local, Not Global.
The Age of the Earth (short video)