Honestly, is it better to argue about the age of the Earth or how many angels can dance on the head of a pin... or, perhaps, show some moral outrage at Congress’s retroactive, punitive onerous taxation or “Mandatory Volunteerism” and pursuing some sort of real Justice?
In short, is God more concerned about you ‘being right’ or ‘DOING right’?
God wants us to be both. You can’t very well do right unless you understand what is right first.
Doing right indeed, and it is why Genesis mentions after each act that God saw that it was good. Historic credit makes revisionism a nono, not in terms of time lines but of fundamentals of how things are. We are good or we are bad, it does not matter who started a fight, the importance of the mind in crisis in the end does not stop once that issue is “resolved”.
Because he or she started it is not the issue, but the inherent nature of a heart of adultery in each. To be tried either by Satan at the tree directly or by a tainted Eve biting it is a great error since to Eve the tree was made by satan to look familiar and not strange just as Eve became an incidental instrument for Satan, same difference except of an efficiency and shrunken time.
The world can be inflated or deflated indefinitely depending on the will of the heart. Just as a circle of infinite radius is a straight infinite line, faith is meant to straighten the line instead of curving it on ourselves. Perhaps it is how the Red Sea seemed to appear being parted or that Jesus appeared to a blinded Earthen eye to walk on water, just as a jet oriented on the horizon appears to go straight up or down.
The importance is the sequence: Genesis indicates that Cain did not want to wander without a mark. It means people were already around as well as so called “times before” perhaps.
What if God makes the Earth and man and woman. Despite all precautions, man can choose to implode or to expand either way. We do not need to go over and over the exercise over eons or not to figure that out. It’s a fundamental nature of the situation of Creator vs. Created. This is reflected back to Christ where He says basicaly during the “educational example” of the Jews of freeing the soul from sin is what Moses really established metaphoricaly by being given flight and freeing from an Egypt which owned the world but either shrank or good not prevent an inflation from itself. Essentialy the parting of the sea is related to the new land, both appearing miraculously.
With Christ, from material example, things become mathematical or more “abstract”/general. No longer do we have real life quasi-historic examples of tribulations as in the book of Daniel, but we have “simple” illustrative parables of how it works. These are prophecy tools for whomever as a heart which puts the world and not God as an incidental of our lives, because an incidental God to our material lives becomes forgotten as it all shrinks out and degenerates into perversions.
People who say they “believe in science” merely admit their perversion and constant state of wish to be “teleprompted” because their mind is in a state of permanent chaos and crisis they seek to avoid as, otherwise, death is to be faced. They hope it to be cadenced like the spin of the stars in the sky without afterthought, callously consuming and consumed by animations. As the world shrinks and loses in enthropy it shrinks and the cycles increase in dizzying pace. It’s a state or path of information implosion, truth destruction, revisionism, lies, rationalizations, misrepresentations, false witnessings, brutalities and even denial of scientific achievements for self and others etc.
Christ reinforces and validates the message of Genesis and does not take away nor adds to it, divided, as the Koran or questions/denunciations takes like that seem to intimate. He reflects on it as per the “intentions” of God being more important than the detail timelines and moneys which preoccupy the ambitious Judahs and accusers of this world.
I think the answer is “it depends”. If it is an issue that is being used to undermine the inerrancy of the bible, to lead people away from trusting the bible by using it to sow doubt into people’s minds (”If the bible is wrong here, then why should I trust it there...”), then it becomes something essential.