There you go again with the immortality of the soul. You have a very strange mixture of beliefs. You combine the pagan ideas of worshiping, for the very idea of existence after comes directly from paganism. That's why they worshiped the dead.I haven't heard that one for awhile. Thanks for posting it.
I'm not sure it's quite as much of a slam dunk as you think. The question that remains is whether Jesus thought "asleep" referred to the body only, or to the whole person. You and I would agree it means the whole person.
But the next step is to determine what "asleep" looks like. The body decays, obviously, but what happens to the soul and/or spirit?
Paul seems to say there's nothing else going on without a resurrection:
1 Corinthians 15:17-18 (KJV) 17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith [is] vain; ye are yet in your sins. 18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
1 Corinthians 15:22 (KJV) For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
Nobody has a better understanding of both life and death than Jesus so when He equates death and sleep His voice is authoritative on the subject above the voice of all others in both OT and NT. He is God. He is the great "I AM".
You might listen to Job's idea of death. His idea of death is worth a lot for God personally vouched for his integrity and character. That's something God has only done for very few people and trusted nobody but Jesus to any greater extent. Job went through hell and maintained his trust in God in spite of that hell.
Sorry I inadvertently posted the wrong link the first time.