The biblical story makes sense, if you know what the subject of the story is. Is the story about the creation of the universe, or something more important?
Did God really spend all this effort to create a place where man can suffer and be sent to hell for an eternity if we don’t follow the rules? Did He really send his only son to just be sacrificed? The problem with the use of only the bible is that it has no timeline references, so we need to rely on outside sources to provide scale.
The ancient philosophers had a vivid story of the gods, filled with heroes, villains and betrayal. This is how they told the story of our beginning. The beginnings that they described are akin to the beginning in John 1 and not Genesis 1. We will see that the Genesis beginning came much later.
First, God created heaven and the result of this creation is described by John in Revelations 4. His vision of God’s throne captures a glimpse of its magnificence, as it was in the first beginning, only light and not darkness. God gave Moses the same vision of His creation when he showed him the Menorah and told him to build one just like this. The Menorah is more than a candle stick, it is our heavenly family tree. The seven arms symbolize the seven Spirits of God. (“and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.” Rev 4:5) On the seven arms are a total of 24 knops, representing the 24 elders (Rev 4:4).
After the creation of heaven, and of our divine, immortal spirits, then came the need for the second creation. “And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.” Gen 1:4. We had allowed Lucifer to corrupt us. The first born of heaven, the prodigal son, had wanted his inheritance. He wanted to be king, alongside of Jesus, in this vast heavenly creation. Heaven had grown so vast, that he thought (and we agreed) that it was big enough for two kings. This is the darkness that God separated from the light. God did not create darkness in the beginning, only after Lucifer defied God and we followed him did we create darkness.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (Rev 12:9)
And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. (Rev 12:4)
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! (Isaiah 14:12)
The beginning in Genesis is the beginning our restoration to heaven. God separated us from the light and cast us into hell. He created a place called Paradise, in the highest regions of hell as a first test. Adam and Eve were two the ten fallen elders, who had the strongest longing to go back to heaven. They were chosen as a proxy for all the fallen. They were told to follow one simple rule, follow only Jesus – The Tree of Life, and not Lucifer – The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. They could not be true to Jesus again, and were cast out of paradise.
So, God gave them, and us, a second chance. After Genesis 3, He created the material world as a proving ground to bring all his fallen children home, including the prodigal son. The bible is a story of great loss and of God’s love and redemption. God did not send his son to die at the hands of man. He sent Jesus to earth to show us how to resist Lucifer in our lives. Once Jesus showed he could resist Lucifer as a human, he could now confront Lucifer in the ethereal world. Leaving his body on the cross, Jesus descended into hell and fought his firstborn. Jesus’ victory over Lucifer allowed him to pass judgement over Lucifer.
We have third party verified dates some of the major characters in the old testament. And modern Christianity is unwilling to recognize them because they conflict with their world view.
Now that we have a little scale to the OT, we can see how evolution fits into the story. The most prolific Christian scholar called it the restoration of all things. This is God’s plan that started in Genesis and will bring all the fallen back to the Heaven described in Revelations 4.
The goal of God’s material creation is to restore the fallen souls to their original virtue - an evolution from malevolent to benevolent. Evolution is God’s plan. What science fails to acknowledge about their observations of evolution is that all indications show it is also a beatification. The nature has not just evolved to be more efficient, it has become more harmonious, cooperative and less cannibalistic - more virtuous.
We have the benefit today to comprehend the scale of His Plan of Restoration. We know that much more than 13.7 billion years have passed since the Fall of 1/3 of Heaven. Use this knowledge to question the stories that people tell about creation. There is no conflict between creation and evolution, once you understand the reason for creation - restoration.