My thinking is that God told the story of creation in terms His audience could understand. His audience are people from some 5000 years ago. There was no science, no scientific method, and no technology. People had a vague understanding of only the small part of the earth they were in, of fire, water, air, light, dark, pinpoints of light in the sky, and the Moon. That’s about it.
Suppose for example the “Big Bang” were true and God wanted to describe it.
“Well folks, one day there was nothing, then there was this big explosion…”No one has seen or heard an explosion. How would one describe it? Just as John in Revelation, has no concept of bombs dropped from a plane, but describes gigantic hailstones weighing hundreds of pounds each.
“Uh, God, I have a question. What’s an explosion?”
So God gives them as good a description as He can so that they understand and focus on the really important key points without becoming a mass of confusion. Those being: God created the heavens and the earth, and it was good. God created Man in His image, and this was good too. Mankind was created with purpose, and with free will to love and obey God. Then Satan entered the world and screwed everything up, which was not so good. And the rest is history.
I just don’t get hung up on these details. I figure science will eventually figure out enough of the story that we can see why God chose the description He gave.
“To preserve the government we must also preserve morals. Morality rests on religion; if you destroy the foundation, the superstructure must fall. When the public mind becomes vitiated and corrupt, laws are a nullity and constitutions are waste paper.” – Daniel Webster, 4th of July, 1800, Oration at Hanover, N.H.