I find that interpretative differences on the literal or figurative meanings in relation to the creation can co-exist with some scrutiny. How long was a 'day' before the sun was created/emerged, for instance(As WW discussed in a previous post about the meaning of 'yom'). To me the only issue that stands out as defensible and critical to the faith is this:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. (Joh 1:1-3)
God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds(aions). (Heb 1:1-2)
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things have been created through Him and for Him. (Col 1:15-16)
For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
These scriptures state that there is nothing that has been done/created in which God was not the imperative will- acting through Jesus, the Logos. Whether we see the processes of His creative might in the same way is not as important as recognizing that, "For from Him, and through Him and to Him are all things". In other words, there is nothing apart from God, who is the source.... and nothing apart from Christ who is the fount, the Alpha and Omega. Some things we see through a glass darkly, and always will from this side of the glass. As the process of the gathering into one of all things in Christ (Eph1:10) is completed until God is All in All(1 Cor 15:28) and the whole creation is set free into the glorious liberty of the sons of God(Romans 8:21) we have been predestined according to His purpose who causes all things to work according to the counsel of His will(EpH 1:11,12)
He is the first-born of creation, we are the first fruits- having the first fruits of the Spirit, called, chosen and predestined as sons to participate in the reconciliation of all things- the restitution of all things-the redeeming of the whole creation is into this "glorious liberty"- all things made new, the RENEWED Creation.
Only God can do such awesome and mighty wonders. Man piddles around the edges of His ways and seeks to measure himself by his knowledge- based on tiny threads sticking out from under the door of the Almighty Invisible One.
Do pull on the threads- they lead to greater vision, but don't get to carried away with your own understanding because.....
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR? Or WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.