“God said, ‘Let there be light.’ And there was light.”
There has been much debate over whether or not the Bible teaches a literal six day creation or if there is room for a more “figurative” approach to the text. This debate is new, since before Darwin no one ever questioned the literal nature of the “days” mentioned in Genesis. But here is one reason to believe that it was actually six literal days:
The language demands instantaneous results. God said it, and then it happened. The language does not allow for time in between when God commanded and when the command was carried out – it conveys an instantaneous result.
Hebrew can easily convey long periods of time between events. One such example is in Joshua 23:1, “Now it came about after many days, after the LORD had given rest to Israel from all its enemies around them…”
But in the story of creation, no such phrases are used – therefore to read long ages into the text is a fallacy, and totally against all indications within the text. Rather such an effort stems from a desire to place Scripture under the authority of a theory of ungodly men, who deny that God even exists.