At this point in time, I believe it is generally accepted among members of the Church that God did not create the Earth in six 24-hour periods. It is generally accepted that the six day declaration is simply symbolic and is probably more accurately six periods of undetermined time.
What I wonder then is if this one thing?¢‚Ç¨‚Äùone quite significant thing?¢‚Ç¨‚Äùcan be figurative, why can other things not be figurative? For that matter, how do we determine what is figurative and what is literal?
How do we determine if Adam really was made by a clump of dust and Eve from his rib? How do we determine if Noah?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s flood covered the entire earth? How do we determine if the Tower of Babel was several kilometers high? How do we determine if Lot?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s wife became a pillar of salt? How do we determine if Jericho fell apart because of some noise? How do we determine if the Nile was turned to blood? How do we determine if Jesus walked on water? How do we determine if Jesus brought Lazarus from the dead?
The list of questions goes on.
How do we differentiate between symbolism and realism?