Bavinck stellte in seiner Vorlesung von 1881 über das Königreich Gottes fest, dass enttäuschte Jenseitserwartungen eine Zuwendung zum Diesseits zur Folge haben können:
The invisible, eternal goods—people had been waiting for them in vain for so long that they turned to the temporal and the visible for what they could give! The invoice for the difference, already charged to heaven’s account, has remained unpaid and has in fact turned out to be worthless. For a long time already people have been believing; now they want to see, indeed, to live and to enjoy themselves.
Herman Bavinck, The Kingdom of God, The Highest Good (1881; translated Nelson D. Kloosterman)