Someone asked if I believe in 6 Literal Days of Creation. What follows is my response.
I try to take the Bible at face value (where ever possible), otherwise it would be way too easy to minimize the possibility or likelihood of miracles, and just explain them away.
“In the context, the word day in Genesis 1 refers to six 24-hour days. Every time it appears with “evening and morning” or with a number like “sixth day,” it refers to a 24-hour day.” http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v5/n2/six-literal-days
It makes sense that day means day. Theologians world wide agree that the original audience, and everyone other than most modern theologians, believe the days were 24 hour days, and the order was the chronology. Modern day theologians change the original meaning of the text with what they are comfortable with – what popular science teaches. Yet, there are many scientists who believe evolution takes more faith than believing in a powerful God who created everything and sent Jesus to suffer and die for our sins and raise Him again on the third day.
Paul and Jesus used the creation story as if it were literal history. http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v7/n2/24-hours
Most church fathers believed it was 24 hour days. http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/nab/could-god-have-created-in-six-days
God does not lie, so why would He mean something other than what He said?
To believe it is NOT 24 hour days is to try to push our understanding of the universe from science onto our understanding of scripture. There are a number of scientists who believe the chronology and age of the Bible fit a young earth model.
As far as whether to believe in a young earth or an old earth, I think it boils down to how powerful you believe God is and can you trust God, and whether the Bible can the common man interpret the Bible in a nature way. Is God powerful enough to create in a short period of time? Is God to be taken at face value?
For me, the answer to these questions is yes. So I think God used 6 literal days to create the universe, including earth, mankind, and all the plants and animals which were in it – without evolution.