As I grew up as a JW it seemed that we accepted Genesis was a literal account with the only question being how long a creative day was. For the longest time, as best as I can recall, a creative day was considered a thousand years long, based on the ole "a thousand years is as a day to Jehovah" rule.
Somewhere though, it seems that there was some waffling on how long a creative day was. Especially since science was showing that the earth was millions of years old.
Since I've faded I wonder, do JWs today consider Genesis as a literal account of how things were created, even if they can't explain the exact length of a creative day?
How does anyone who takes the creation account as literal explain the following verses...
And God proceeded to say: “Let light come to be.” Then there came to be light. After that God saw that the light was good, and God brought about a division between the light and the darkness. And God began calling the light Day, but the darkness he called Night. And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, a first day.
And God went on to say: “Let luminaries come to be in the expanse of the heavens to make a division between the day and the night; and they must serve as signs and for seasons and for days and years. And they must serve as luminaries in the expanse of the heavens to shine upon the earth.” And it came to be so. And God proceeded to make the two great luminaries, the greater luminary for dominating the day and the lesser luminary for dominating the night, and also the stars. Thus God put them in the expanse of the heavens to shine upon the earth, and to dominate by day and by night and to make a division between the light and the darkness. Then God saw that [it was] good. And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, a fourth day.
So first light was created and a division between light and darkness, day and night. But then a few "days" later, God created the luminaries, a greater luminary for the day and a lesser one for night.
It doesn't take a NASA scientist to realize that day and night are a result of the earth spinning on its axis around the sun. Half the time we're facing the sun, the other day we're not, thus day and night.
How is it that day and night were created before the "luminaries" were created? How does a creationist or anyone else who takes the book of Genesis as a literal account explain that seeming contradiction?