I hate to say it, but I think I actually agree with Alaska_Slim on something.
There are three key points. First, the Bible gives us very little information about the creation of the universe. It says he did it and that he stretched out the heavens. Second, if we don’t allow God to use a metaphor for day on the first page of the Bible, then why do we allow the Lord to assign metaphorical meanings to his parables? Scripture is filled with metaphors used to communicate truth.
Third, if God created the universe in literal days, the stars seem to be lying about their age. If not, then what are we missing in what we see? God doesn’t lie.
It wasn’t until I started investigating evolution and realized it can’t work that I decided there’s no reason to think the creation of life wasn’t accomplished in days. Sure, he could have done it in billions of years, but to what end?