Thanks for the thoughtful reply. It's also good to see that you realize that part of the bible where it says 1 day is but a thousand years and a thousands years is but a day is metaphor saying that god is timeless.
Now knowing this, you obviously don't take the entire bible literally. But why do you take the creation story as literal testament to how things were done as opposed to metaphor stating that God created everything regardless of the how and why's?
Actually, I believe the 1 day, and 1 thousand year comparison, is the difference in speed in which an eternal universe has to operate in order to be eternal. This is known in science as time dilation. The formula for this in the Bible is that the eternal universe has to move 365,000 times faster than what we are used to, which makes time stop.
2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord
as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
You see the term with the Lord is refering to heaven. And one day is a reference to being here on earth.
1) It would explain how God can know everything because the past, present and future become one.
2) It would explain how God can know every thing because He is everywhere in time.
3) It would explain how God can be everywhere at once because He moves 365,000 times faster than we do.
4) It would explain why we cannot see the other side, because we cannot see things that move 365,000 times faster than us.
These things make the laws of the parallel eternal universe different from our own. But yet coexist and be connected in time. Our side have time plus age (non-eternity). Their side have time minus age (eternity) because time moves there 365,000 times faster which changes all known laws.
How many parallel universes are there?
2cor 12:2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
Before man sinned on the 6th day, all three universes (realms) where in sync moving 365,000 times faster than what we now know. When we sinned, this time dilation started to slow down. That's how you get humans living to almost 1 thousand year old. Time dilation to eternity cannot stop all at once. So while it was slowing down. man lived longer until it slowed up to what we now know and observe.
Do I believe in the Bible literally? Yes. But you have to look beyond the words to comprehend it.