ALERT! Error warning! Gross over-simplification in order to set up a straw man that can easily be knocked down!
Only a small percentage of Christians think the earth is only between six to ten thousand years old. They are known as Young Earth Creationists but this is a comparatively new development. All the early Church Fathers took Genesis 1-11 as symbolic, as do the Jews.
The vast majority of Christians have never thought that, because they happily agree that the word for 'day' in the Genesis account has several meanings, not all of them restricted to a 24-hour earth day. For example, Adam was told that in the day he ate the fruit he would surely die, but Genesis says Adam lived to over 900 years of age. However, if as the Bible says elsewhere, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day, then we can take that 'day' in that warning to be 1,000 years.
But elsewhere in the Psalms, we also learn that a thousand years to God is as a watch in the night (a four hour period to humans). It's a variable term. And all six 'days' of creation are lumped together as one day, in a summary section of Genesis. So please get up to speed and realise that you don't have a quarrel with Christians - only with Young Earth Creationists. Thanks.
EDIT - Re. "you tell us to not take the Bible literally. But, then, in your fourth paragraph, you find a part of the Bible that suits your argument, and you take it literally. And the part you cherry pick is a POEM.."
No, I used two illustrations of how the Bible does not always mean a 24 hour earth day when it says 'day'. In one it could mean 1,000 years minimum, in the other it could add up to 6,000 years as there are 6 'watches' in a whole day so if one watch is 1,000 years, the whole day would amount to 6,000 years. Then other uses of the word day refer to an era - a generation of people at any one time, or the rule of a king; in other words an indeterminate passage of time. I'm not alighting on any one - I'm saying that YECs need to be aware of this and not insist that each 'day' of creation must be 24 hour earth days.
Yes, that bit about a watch in the night is a poem. It still contains the essential truth that God does not view time as we view time. I'm not saying it proves that one day to God is 6,000 years. I wouldn't be surprised if the first 'day' of creation (light being created) happened in an instant, but that millions of years might have passed before the atmosphere on earth was formed. So there's no need for you to get aerated.
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