In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
There is much debate about a statement that is so simple. Not only do you have the evolutionists debating whether or not there is a creator, you even have in the Christian circles the debate about when this beginning happened and how much God actually created.
When you read John 3:16, do you believe that "God so loved that world" and that He "gave his only begotten son"? Do you call into question the phrase "that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life"? Do you doubt the validity of those words?
I do not. I believe that God's word from beginning to end is the inspired word of God. I believe that it is infallible.
If you do not believe that, I would like to recommend a little book called God Wrote a Book by James MacDonald. It is easy to read and easy to understand. He takes a step by step approach to looking at the Bible to see whether or not it is what people say it is. It also includes a load of extra-biblical evidences that I found to be quite encouraging.
As I look at Genesis 1, I am going to take the approach that it is truly God's word, and that it can be taken literally. I do not believe that this Genesis account is figurative of what went on. I believe that God wanted us to know what happened, so He made sure it ended up in this book for all to read.