Jesus believed the scriptures including Genesis and said scripture can not be broken. I believe what the bible says. That said, before God created on the earth, it was already there and was without form. God began creation on the earth approximately 6,000 years ago.
Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
I don’t like to debate it because it gets ugly and I consider most atheists to be rude when they speak about this topic. Even mainstream Christians are being taught this in the schools and seminaries so the majority do not believe Genesis is literal. It is corruption in the churches that will be proven false after they die and realize that life does not end in the grave. All these corruptions lead to satan’s devices in the world, communism, abortion, evolution, liberalism, ecuminism, emergent church, eastern religion influence, romanism, homosexuality, socialism, feminism, pantheism, promiscuity, occultism, genocide, bestiality, pornography, and the one we see the most, compromise.