Fundamentalists are like Linus in the "It's the great pumpkin, charlie brown" they've figured out a new way to get the gift of eternal life and they're sitting in the pumpkin patch just waiting, and watching for the Great Pumpkin. Fortunately for Linus, the morning came and he realized his faith had been misplaced. Fundamentalists will never realize this and will waste their lives waiting on a gift that is simply not there.
...or did Linus decide he would return next year because he still believed and he just had to have enough faith while Sally became disillusioned and decided he was a lunatic? That may be it.